Jan 28, 2022, 4:10 am

Mattiace Petrochemical Co., Inc. Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) Site

EPA Identifier: NYD000512459
CERCLIS ID: NYD000512459
40.8608, -73.6432

Glen Cove, NY

Final Date: 19890331

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SIC Codes: 2911
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Federal Register Notice:  March 31, 1989

Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): The Mattiace Petrochemical Co., Inc., Site covers 2.5 acres on Garvies Point Road in Glen Cove on Long Island, Nassau County, New York. The site is a graded, unpaved lot with a trailer, a shed, and a concrete platform with 20 aboveground and 20 buried tanks. Mattiace received chemicals by tank truck and redistributed them to its customers. Operations stopped in September 1987. M & M Drum Cleaning Co., owned by Mattiace Industries, also operated at the site until sometime in 1982.

In October 1980, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) discovered that drums containing volatile organic liquids were buried on-site and that waste water generated by cleaning of drums was being discharged into subsurface leaching pools. NYSDEC found toluene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, ethylbenzene, and xylene in soil and shallow ground water, which provides drinking water. Shallow water is hydraulically linked to deeper water, permitting contamination to reach the deeper water. An estimated 44,000 people obtain drinking water from public and private wells within 3 miles of the site.

Immediately adjacent to the site are industrial areas, Garvies Point Preserve (designated by the State as a significant natural habitat), and tidal wetlands. Surrounding these areas are schools and residential areas. Glen Cove Creek is 500 feet south of the site. Surface water within 3 miles downstream is used for recreational activities.

In April 1986, several creditors filed a petition to place Mattiace in involuntary bankruptcy. Mattiace successfully moved to convert to voluntary bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the Federal bankruptcy code. However, the court later removed Mattiace from the protection of the bankruptcy laws.

In August 1986, a grand jury handed up a 21-count indictment against the company and three of its officers. The charge included unlawful possession and disposal of hazardous wastes and falsification of shipping manifests. In May 1988, two officers were fined and the third was sentenced to a year in jail, and a jury returned felony charges against the company and its president.

During February-June 1988, EPA used CERCLA emergency funds to secure the site, collect samples, and remove 100,000 gallons of flammable liquids, 20,000 gallons of contaminated water, and 1,800 gallons of liquids containing PCBs. All materials were transported to EPA-regulated disposal facilities.