From the Times Ledger:
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking input from the community on a plan to clean up 210 cubic yards of contaminated soil at the Long Island Rail Road substation in Bayside.
Through its Voluntary Cleanup Program, the DEC collaborated with the LIRR and the state Department of Health to develop the Proposed Decision Document, which the department said would be available to view at the Bayside branch of the Queens Library.
According to the document, the soil in and around the electrical substation, at the corner of 216th Street and 41st Avenue, contains mercury and arsenic left behind when the LIRR removed and replaced mercury rectifiers used to convert alternating current to direct current with non-mercury solid state components in the early 1980s.
Mercury has been found in the shallow soil near the loading dock on the west end of the building, and soil contaminated with arsenic has been found in the transformer yard near the eastern end of the building.
According to the report, the contaminants have affected the shallow soils but not the groundwater.