Past CAG Meeting Notes

2020

July 15 – Brief Site Updates; Navigation, Dredging, & Superfund; DEC Annual Update on Upland Sites; NCG CSTAG Response; Other Items, Next Steps & Next CAG Meeting Reminder

June 10 – De Minimis Settlement Overview

February 19 – Brief Site Updates; 2020 CAG Work Planning; Presentation of Draft Community Information Slide Deck; CAG Comments on Long-Term Control Plan for combined sewer overflows in the Creek; New business, future agenda items, meeting reflections

2019

February 20 – Long Term Control Plan update, summary of Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment

March 20 – Technical meeting: Modeling overview

May 15 – Use of multiple lines of evidence and modeling; NYSDEC uplands update

June 19 – Update on Potentially Responsible Parties; data regarding aeration in the Creek; Site work update and overview of OU3: Proposed Early Action

October 30 – Remedial investigation update; updated on proposed Early Action; Cases of Early Action uses at other sites

December 2 – Early Action Proposed by Newtown Creek Group; FFS process and evaluation; CAG review of focused feasibility study report on long-term control plan for combined sewer overflows in the Creek

2018

February 20 – Identifying neutral facilitator for CAG meetings, sediment contamination data

March 20 – Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Search and Identification and Updates from NYC DEP, Anchor QEA and Congresswoman Velázquez’s Office

June 19 – Superfund Enhancement Act, completed and upcoming site field activities, introduction of neutral facilitator

July 24 – Biota sampling conducted by EPA, Contaminated Sediments Technical Advisory Group recommendations

2017

February 1 – amendments to CAG membership rules, updates from EPA, NYC DEP, and Newtown Creek Group

April 5 – Draft Remedial Investigation Report and early steps of Feasibility Study, Newtown Creek Community Vision, economic development analysis, EPA updates

July 25 – Update from NYC DEP on Newtown Creek CSO Long-Term Control Plan and Riverkeeper Community Visioning Project

October 11 – Riverkeeper’s Newtown Creek Community Visioning, Draft Remedial Investigation Report, data evaluation for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

2016

March 22 – Update by NYC DEP and presentation and discussion with US EPA on point sources of contamination

May 4 – Update from Anchor QEA and New York State Department of Health presentation on Health Outcomes Review for Newtown Creek

October 20 – Update from Regional Administrator Judith Enck and EPA site team on the Newtown Creek Superfund Site

2015

December 16 – Presentation and discussion with US EPA on ecological and health risk assessments and an explanation on background sites

2014

February 6  – Presentation and discussion with NYC Department of Environmental Protection about their role in the Newtown Creek Superfund site.

May 21 – Presentation and discussion with NYS Department of Health about the final Newtown Creek Public Health Assessment, the health outcomes review, and NYS DOH’s work to educate the public about fish consumption advisories in the creek.

October 1 – Presentation and discussion with US EPA: an overview of Phase I of the remedial investigation and a discussion of Phase II’s Objective, Schedule, Activities, Next Steps.

2013

March 27 – Presentation and discussion with NYC DEP and US EPA on navigational dredging in Whale Creek, Superfund updates, and other topics.

May 8 – Presentation and discussion with US EPA about Human Health Risk Assessment.

July 24 – Presentation and discussion with US EPA about Ecological Risk Assessment.

October 23 – Meeting to discuss the CAG’s goals and priorities.

November 21 – Presentation and discussion with US EPA about the Phase I investigation.

2012

January 19 – Formation meeting

February 13 – Formation continued, creation of list of information requests by CAG members

May 21 – An introductory presentation and discussion with US EPA on the Superfund work

July 17 – Presentation and discussion with NYS Department of Health, featuring the scope and timeline for a public health study for the Newtown Creek area

October 10 – Presentation and discussion with US EPA on the sampling and field work conducted during summer 2012