Residents (including us) are worried that construction of the planned monstrosities in Greenpoint will have a grave environmental impact on the community:
Construction of the 12 towers slated for Greenpoint’s polluted waterfront could release harmful toxins into the air, local residents and leaders warn. Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and nearly 200 residents are demanding the city study the potential impacts of construction near Newtown Creek, and have signed a petition asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to require an environmental study before developers begin excavating at Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial St.
“What are consequences on public health when cumulative heavy construction in the area exposes residents to compromised indoor air quality from toxic vapor barriers?” asks the petition, referring to contaminants released by brownfield sites and the Superfund site of Newtown Creek. “Governor Cuomo: Protect Greenpoint and our children from toxins before it is too late!”…
“The old environmental impact statement was started well before the 2005 rezoning,” she said of the city’s evaluation. “Much has changed. Residents, elected officials and even city officials are aware of more than they were in 2005, including toxic plumes.”
What’s more, there’s already proof that construction will indeed contaminate Greenpoint’s air:
Clean-up efforts at Newtown Creek have unintententionally released bacteria from sewage and other contaminants into the air above the polluted waterway, a new study shows.
“What’s in the water clearly affects what’s in the air,” said Eli Dueker, a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, who conducted the study.
“The transfer of contamination we have found at Newtown Creek could be happening in any place where the water is heavily polluted.”
The pollution is being caused by an aeration process to release the toxins from the waterway, which has been declared a Superfund site.
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