The 91st St. MTS could not be built today in its current state, yet it is being grandfathered-in under subpar conditions.
- The proposed marine transfer station is part of the Bloomberg administration’s 2006 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management plan, and would be illegal if it were proposed today.
- 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 on a continual basis, causing air and water pollution.
- Construction costs are expected to increase from $45 million to approximately $1 billion over the next twenty years. This is not acceptable in a time when funds are being cut for education, after-school programs, libraries and other vital public services.
- Placing sanitation facilities near homes, schools, and community rec centers is wrong and dangerous.
Our community’s most vulnerable citizens – seniors, children and the ill – will have the most to lose if the proposed marine transfer station becomes operational.
- There are 11 day cares and 16 schools, including Beacon/after-school programs, situated in the primary and secondary City EIS study areas.
- Two senior centers are located in close proximity to the site.
- The Isaac Holmes public housing complex and its 2,200 residents is next door.
- 22,000 residents live within a ¼-mile of the dump
- Up to 500 garbage trucks will use the dump’s entrance ramp daily, cutting through a playground for children under age five and Asphalt Green’s facilities, used by 31,000 children from across the city every year.
- Idling trucks lined-up next to the playground will release vehicular diesel exhaust emissions, classified by the World Health Organization as carcinogenic, 24 hours a day.
- Mobile municipal waste will expose children to hazardous air pollutants that contribute to asthma, as well as dangerous noise levels.
Nearly 2,000 children a year from neighboring Harlem and East Harlem, which have the highest asthma rates in the city, participate in Asphalt Green’s programs. Children are in a period of lung development and more susceptible to pollutants that damage lung tissue and persist into adulthood, though long-term effects may not be visible now.
- 18% of East Harlem’s school-age suffer from asthma – among the highest rates in the City and nation – and they are regularly exposed to conditions that provoke respiratory illness.
- 60% of these children engage in outdoor activities that will expose them to even higher concentrations of fine particulate matter.
- Industrial traffic will endanger children and adults accessing community facilities and pedestrian throughways. Garbage trucks have the highest pedestrian accident rate of any vehicle on the road, and up to 500 of them each day will cut through Asphalt Green’s playing field.
- Children under 18 account for 43% of car crash victims in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood.
- Children on Manhattan’s East Side are three times more likely to be hit by a car in a neighborhood where public housing is nearby.
- In addition, the steady supply of garbage will attract rodents and other vermin which can spread disease, overtake open spaces and infest neighboring homes and businesses.
- Super Storm Sandy was proof of the imminent dangers that may arise with future hurricanes.
- 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 the neighborhood.
- The 2013 storm surge reached all the way up to Second Avenue.