Thursday, September 24, 2009

Concern over siting of transfer stations

From the Brooklyn Eagle:

Opponents of the city’s plan to construct and operate a waste transfer station at the former Southwest Brooklyn incinerator site in Bensonhurst have focused their sights on the governor’s mansion.

Assemblyman William Colton (D-Bensonhurst/Gravesend) blasted the ruling given down by the Department of Environmental Conservation, asserting that the DEC cannot withhold the permit for the waste transfer station.

Colton is now calling upon Gov. David Paterson to step in, saying that the DEC has an obligation to protect the public health and its environmental surroundings.

The Department of Sanitation says it will have to dredge the bottom of Gravesend Bay, near Bay 41st Street and Shore Parkway, in order to allow waste barges to travel to and from the waste transfer station. Many in Southern Brooklyn fear that this dredging will unearth toxins.

And from NY1:

Business owners say a plan to allow more trucks at a waste transfer plant in Long Island City would be devastating to their bottom line.

These 2 sites are part of the city's solid waste management program, along with the College Point Marine Transfer Station that pols fear will attract gulls that may down planes.

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