Technical Integrity / Collaboration / Exceptional Results

Remediation and Redevelopment for Fulton Fish Market

The remediation of a former manufactured gas plant was a critical step in the effort to build a new home for the Fulton Fish Market, the largest wholesale distribution point for fresh seafood in North America. The investigation identified some 20,000 cubic yards of waste (coal tar and purifier bed material) for removal before site clearing and grading activities, providing an opportunity for beneficial reuse of the waste material. After conducting intensive negotiations and waste stream pilot testing, Integral engineers secured approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to use the waste material for fuel at a permitted waste-to-energy facility. Overall, a total of 7.6 megawatts of electricity was generated and placed into the local electrical grid, as well as a significant amount of steam energy that was supplied via pipeline to manufacturing facilities within the vicinity of the energy production facility.

Integral staff, under prior employment, coordinated with NYSDEC for approval of the integrated remediation and construction and for project management—writing the entire contract specification and managing the overall project on an expedited schedule. Integral staff also worked with the architect to design both the civil and remedial aspects of the project. As part of the remedy, this project includes as engineering controls a 10-acre vapor barrier, a 3-acre soil vapor extraction and air sparging system to remove residual contamination, and low permeable engineered surfaces to contain material and prevent exposure to employees over the remaining 20 acres of the site.

The project received an ACEC Diamond Award, an EPA Region 2 Phoenix Award, and 2011 New York City Sustainable Remediation Award for its innovation and benefit to the environment.

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