Nanuet’s Thruway Plaza Seeks Environmental Clean-Up Through State Brownfield Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the receipt of a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for a prominent site within Thruway Plaza, located along Route 59 in Nanuet. The application, submitted by Thruway Plaza of Rockland, targets the addresses of 308-330 Route 59 West, aiming to address contamination issues under the site ID number C344091.

This initiative encompasses a 6.5-acre commercial parcel, currently home to a variety of businesses including QuickChek, Dunkin Donuts, Taco Bell/KFC, and cell towers. Surrounding areas feature a mix of commercial, light industrial, residential, and utility spaces, reflecting the site’s central role in the local community.

Historically, from 1992 to 2013, the site was occupied by dry-cleaning operations known by names such as Charles’ French Cleaners, Nanuet Cleaners, Outstanding Cleaners, and Lake Cleaners. Investigations have identified chlorinated solvents and petroleum-related hydrocarbons in the groundwater, primarily around the former dry-cleaning establishments, as the primary contaminants of concern.

With groundwater flow trending northwest, further evaluations are planned during the remedial investigation phase, which has yet to commence. The DEC aims to kick off the remedial program in March, with hopes of issuing a Certificate of Completion within three years, marking a significant step towards revitalizing the site.

For those interested in the cleanup efforts, the application and related documents are accessible online via the DECinfo Locator or at the Nanuet Public Library document repository. The public is encouraged to participate in the commentary process, with submissions directed to Emily Barry, Project Manager at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Comments must be received by March 23 to ensure consideration in the cleanup plans.

This cleanup effort represents a critical step towards mitigating environmental risks and fostering sustainable development in Nanuet, underscoring the community’s commitment to health and safety.

For more details or to submit comments, reach out to Emily Barry at or call (845) 633-5457. Further information can also be obtained by referencing the site ID C344091 at the DEC’s external application portal.

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