New York City Department of Environmental Protection Hazardous Materials Assessment of the Jerome Avenue, Metcalf Avenue, 233rd Street and White Plains Road Storm Water Pumping Stations

Posted on July 30, 2015

Client: New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Project Type: Hazardous Materials Assessment of the Jerome Avenue, Metcalf Avenue, 233rd Street and White Plains Road Storm Water Pumping Stations

Major Components

  • Hazardous Materials (“Legacy”) Assessment
  • Report of Findings

Project Description

Introduction

Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers (D&B) was retained by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) as the prime consultant to rehabilitate four pumping stations in Bronx County that manage storm water drainage from adjacent roadways. Prior to initiating design of the rehabilitation program, D&B completed a hazardous materials assessment of each of the four pumping stations with emphasis placed on identifying “Legacy” constituents of concern including lead jacketed cables and pipes, lead based paint, asbestos containing materials (ACM), mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).NYCDEP - HazMatAssmt Photo1

The 233rd Street Pumping Station and the Metcalf Avenue Pumping Station serve the northern and southern ends of the Bronx River Parkway and consist of a small superstructure constructed circa 1932 and 1945, respectively. Both of these pumping  stations require engineering design services related to mechanical, electrical, and heating/ventilation and air conditioning  (HVAC) system upgrades. The White Plains Road Pumping Station and the Jerome Avenue Pumping Station are sub-grade stations serving the Cross Bronx Expressway with no superstructures. Both of these pumping stations require mechanical upgrades, relocation of electrical controls above grade, improved access for pump removal, and ventilation provisions. As part of the engineering design, D&B’s role was to evaluate the appropriateness of various technologies for the City’s consideration and prepare contract documents for the recommended upgrades.

Background

Given their ages, lead, ACM, mercury and PCBs are frequently found within structural components and mechanical systems of the City’s pumping stations. Lead components can include electrical wiring insulation, water pipes, and painted surfaces. ACM can include pipe insulation, fireproofing, flooring, roofing and siding materials, waterproofing compounds, vibration dampeners, gaskets, and caulking among other building materials. Mercury containing equipment can include electrical switches, sensors, gauges and meters such as those used to operate the float devices at the pumping stations. PCB components can include painted surfaces, caulking and other building materials. Therefore, it was necessary to identify these hazardous materials to determine the appropriate handling and disposal methods prior to rehabilitation activities.

Hazardous Materials (“Legacy”) AssessmentBronx Storm Water Pump Station

D&B conducted the hazardous materials assessment of the four pumping stations in April 2006 that included:

• A visual assessment for lead jacketed cables and lead jointed pipes. This entailed an interior inspection of accessible electrical cabinets and exposed water pipes.
• X-ray fluorescence (XRF) testing for lead-based paint (LBP) using a LPA-1 Analyzer, which provides digital readings, as well as a visual assessment of the colors and conditions of the painted surfaces by a USEPA certified Lead-based Paint Inspector.
• Bulk sampling for asbestos containing materials (ACM) in conjunction with a visual assessment identifying the types, quantities, and conditions of the ACM by a licensed NYSDOL and NYCDEP Asbestos Investigator. The samples were analyzed by a contract laboratory using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and/or Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) depending on whether the material was identified as friable or non-friable.
• Wipe sampling for mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) adjacent to various pieces of mechanical equipment and stained areas of the floors. The samples were analyzed by a contract laboratory using USEPA methods SW- 846/7471 and SW-846/8082. The floor area wiped was also measured during sample collection so that concentrations could be expressed as ug/cm2.
• Preparing sketches and photographing locations and materials sampled.

Report of Findings

The firm prepared a report of findings and submitted it to the NYCDEP for consideration. Key findings of the hazardous materials assessment included the following:Bronx Storm Water Pump Station

• Various painted surfaces within each of the four pumping stations were identified as lead based paint based at concentrations above the USEPA and NYCDEP action level of 1.0 mg/cm2.
• Lead jacketed cable was identified within the electric panel in the Metcalf Avenue Pumping Station and confirmed with XRF testing as having a lead concentration of 5.8 mg/cm2.
• Lead jointed pipes were not identified within the four pumping stations.
• Various building materials within each of the four pumping stations were positively classified as ACM based on the USEPA  NESHAP criteria of greater than 1 percent asbestos fibers in a sample of homogenous material.
• PCB concentrations were detected in wipe samples collected from the Metcalf Avenue Pumping Station. A risk assessment of the PCB concentrations that were detected indicated that they were well below the USEPA risk based criteria.
• Mercury was not detected in any of the wipe samples collected from the four pumping stations. Mercury containing float switches were visually identified within the White Plains Road Pumping Station and the Metcalf Avenue Pumping Station.

The findings of the hazardous materials were utilized to identify the components of each pumping station requiring abatement
activities prior to dismantling/demolition. The hazardous materials assessment was completed on schedule and within budget.

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