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EPA is proposing demolishing and disposing of a mercury-contaminated cottage followed by the excavation and disposal of mercury-contaminated soil from several residential properties along Summerfield Street.
In response to a complaint at a single story, brick structure cottage located in the rear of 59-44 Summerfield Street, mercury contamination was found in the air inside of the cottage as well as in surrounding soils in the summer of 2011.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) surveyed the air in the cottage on June 30, 2011 and again on July 7, 2011. The levels of mercury detected in the air inside the cottage had shown exceedances. The cottage has been, and remains, vacated and access is restricted by order of the DOHMH.
EPA collected soil and indoor air samples at the property and at two adjacent properties analyzed the samples for mercury. All cottage air samples were consistent with those reported by DOHMH. The soil samples exceeded the action levels for mercury. At the two adjacent properties indoor air samples did not detect mercury, but, mercury was detected in soil at slightly elevated concentrations.
During the early 1900 to 1950s, the cottage was used as a mercury thermometer manufacturing and processing facility.