Jun
17

91st Street Marine Transfer Station – Make Your Voice Heard

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Pledge 2 Protect (http://pledge2protectnyc.org/)  is a growing coalition of residents, organizations, businesses, educators and parents working together to protect the health and safety of tens of thousands of New Yorkers by stopping the construction of a dangerous and ill-conceived garbage station, the E. 91st St. Marine Transfer Station (MTS).  Major waste facilities do not belong in ANY residential neighborhood anywhere in the city.

Some points to consider:

  • The proposed marine transfer station would be illegal if it was proposed today, yet it is being grandfathered-in under subpar conditions.
  • The facility is expected to operate 24 hours a day, 6 days a week by 2015
  • Barges and long-haul trucks will serve the MTS continuously causing air and water pollution
  • Construction costs are expected to increase from $45 million to approximately $1 billion over the next 20 years.
  • There are 11 day care facilities and 16 schools in the primary and secondary EIS study areas
  • Two senior citizen centers are located in close proximity to the site.
  • The Isaac Holmes public housing complex and 2,200 residents are next door to the MTS.
  • 22,000 residents live within 1/4 mile of the dump.
  • Up to 500 garbage trucks will use the dump’s entrance ramp daily, through a playground for children under age 5 and Asphalt Green’s facilities used by 31,000 children every year.
  • Idling trucks lined up next to the playground will release exhaust emissions.
  • Industrial traffic will endanger children and adults accessing community facilities and pedestrian throughways.
  • The steady supply of garbage will attract rodents and other vermin which can spread disease, overtake open spaces and infest neighboring homes and businesses
  • The proposed location for the station is in Flood Zone A, which puts it in the highest risk of flooding and could result in the displacement of garbage from the MTS into waterways and neighborhood.

 

Read more about Pledge 2 Protect and their efforts  on their website at  http://pledge2protectnyc.org/mission/

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