New York Daily News NYC councilman pushing mandatory air quality tests near garbage stations through new bill by Erin Durkin
A Manhattan City Councilman wants new tests to make sure New Yorkers aren't breathing in dangerous toxins near the city's trash stations.
Legislation being introduced Tuesday by Councilman Ben Kallos would mandate air quality monitoring at marine waste transfer stations.
The bill is targeted at a controversial garbage station slated to open on the upper East Side, and would apply to six stations from Greenwich Village and Gowanus to Gravesend.
The city would have to install air quality monitors and take readings every hour for nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead and ozone.
Kallos said he's mostly worried about pollution spewed by trucks serving the E. 91st St. station, which locals have fought to stop for years but environmental justice advocates say is necessary so trash doesn't keep getting dumped on poor outer borough neighborhoods.
"We're going to see hundreds of trucks coming into residential neighborhoods," he said. "We're looking at knowing [pollution levels] on an hour to hour, day to day basis because there are 35,000 children playing in a park near this garbage dump."
The planned station is near the Asphalt Greene recreation facility.
The city has pledged the station itself won't produce pollution, but Kallos said that should be monitored as well.
Under the legislation, officials would have to send a notification if any of the pollutants reach levels above the safe amount set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A spokesman for the Sanitation Department said they haven't seen the bill.