From the NY Sun:
Toxins released into the air, water, and soil by New York City industry have risen sharply in recent years, according to new data made public by the federal government.
The dumping, mostly into the air, has been concentrated along the East River waterfront in Queens, home to the city's three leading industrial polluters: KeySpan Energy Ravenswood Power Station, Astoria Generating Station, and the Charles Poletti Power Project.
City's Toxic Burden Shifts to Queens, Data Show
Toxic releases from the plants, which date back several decades, have more than tripled since 2002, according to the data...The director of the Particulate Matter Research Center at the New York University School of Medicine, George Thurston, said a shift toward cleaner energy could not come soon enough. "The real question is: Do you think it's a wise thing to have large fossil fuel power plants right in the midst of where people are living?" Dr. Thurston said. "I think the answer is no."
Actually, a better question is probably, "Do you think it's a wise thing to dump hundreds of thousands more people right in the midst of an area that has 3 power plants?"
I think the answer is no.