A toxin found under the former Swingline stapler factory in Queens - a building that was once MoMA's temporary home - may have spread to neighboring buildings, according to state officials.
STATE FEARS TOXIC SPREAD IN QUEENS
State Department of Environmental Conservation officials are conducting tests at eight to 12 buildings within a one-block radius of the former stapler factory, which closed in 1999 and housed the Museum of Modern Art while its Manhattan location was being renovated from 2002 to 2004.
The groundwater and soil beneath the building is tainted with the common industrial pollutant and carcinogen trichloroethylene, known as TCE, according to DEC regional citizen-participation specialist Arturo Garcia-Costas.
In October, the DEC found that the degreasing solvent - which has also been linked to nerve damage and birth defects - may have spread, so a new round of tests began immediately.
One building that will be tested later this month is the Long Island City YMCA around the corner on Queens Boulevard.