Liberty Industrial Finishing

State TrusteeFederal TrusteeAO Bureau

Also Known As

None

Incident Type

Chemical

State

New York

Case Status

Closed

Location

Massapequa Creek, Oyster Bay

Authority

Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Anadromous Fish

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:

$37,587.50

*Restoration Funds Allocated:

$39,071.13

*Restoration Funds Remaining:

$0.00

* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

Case Description

The Site includes a 30-acre property in Farmingdale, New York, that was used for the manufacturing of aircraft parts and trailers from the late 1930s until 1948 and by the Liberty Industrial Finishing Corporation as a metal plating and finishing facility from 1948 until 1978. The property is located 0.5 km north of Massapequa Creek which flows 8 km to South Oyster Bay, an estuary on the south shore of Long Island, New York. The plating and finishing operations at the facility included anodizing, electroplating, dyeing, and painting. Numerous industrial and light industrial businesses have leased and continue to lease space at the Site. Plating waste effluent containing cadmium and chromium was released to the groundwater through two on-site disposal basins. Unknown quantities of sludge were also deposited in a sludge drying bed.

For most of its length, Massapequa Creek is a non-tidal, freshwater stream and terminates in the Massapequa Tidal Channel which flows into South Oyster Bay. Massapequa Lake is the largest impoundment along the creek. Formed by a dam 3 feet high and 50 feet wide, Massapequa Lake is located 1 mile upstream of South Oyster Bay. The dam represents the upstream limit of tidal influence and estuarine water and prevents fish passage farther upstream. Sediment and surface water of the freshwater portion of Massapequa Creek are contaminated with metals. The major contaminant pathway to Massapequa Creek is via groundwater.

Credit: Ecology and Environment, Inc.

Massapequa fish ladder, Credit: FWS


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Agreement

 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 12/27/2007

Settlement

 Consent Decree Consent Judgement 07/17/2006

Restoration

 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 08/30/2005

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Case Contact

New York Ecological Services Field Office

Cortland, NY | (607) 753-9334 | http://www.fws.gov/northeast/nyfo/

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