Public comments for: DSNY Proposed Rule Relating to the Criteria Used in the Siting of Solid Waste Transfer Stations

Comments

Comment:
I would like to know how trucks and equipment would access this site before this moves forward.
Agency: DSNY
Comment:
I am Woodlawn resident and am opposed to this project for many reasons - first, it's parkland that is intended for public use. Second, it's near people's homes and the added noise and pollution are unwanted and unneeded. Third, this is along the Bronx River, which has been a showcase for the Bronx and Westchester for how to clean up parkland. Leave this alone!!
Agency: DSNY
Comment:
I am opposed to this site in wakefield. The bronx river is an integral part of the woodlawn/wakefield area, with the river park being an essential respite for the community. This waste site would be a horrible addition lowering the standard of living for the community.
Agency: DSNY
Comment:
The Wakefield section of the Bronx has turned into the cities dumping ground. We are inundated with homeless shelters and crime and now to place a waste disposal site bringing possible air quality issues. This is squarely based on the fact that Wakefield is primarily a community of minorities. We are black and brown people and not subjected to the same thought and consideration a white community would be. It is unfair of the city of overburden an already taxed community.
Agency: DSNY
Comment:
To Whom It May Concern, (excerpted from my letter) I am a resident of the Woodlawn neighborhood and oppose the proposal from the Department of Sanitation to amend its rules related to the criteria used in the sitting of solid waste transfer stations. Details attached and available here (https://rules.cityofnewyork.us/sites/default/files/proposed_rules_pdf/dsny_proposed_amendment_of_solid_waste_transfer_station_rules_-_with_hearing_date_and_certifications.pdf). I am offended that this hearing was held two hours away from the site in question during working hours. There was not a chance to properly give the community time to respond. I object to this proposal as the noise pollution from a waste transfer station would decrease the quality of life of residents. It is unreasonable to say that this is not a noise-sensitive location when the area is in fact quiet most of the time in spite of train and highway traffic. I also believe that the city is pushing for this facility in this part of the Bronx because the neighborhood is poor and disadvantaged. The city should be ashamed of themselves for targeting a marginalized area for this construction. It is also upsetting that at the scheduled hearing for this matter, there was not transparency about the exact location of this facility. Finally, such construction would in all likelihood increase the garbage in the Bronx River. The Bronx River is currently listed as impaired by the NYS DEC for floatable trash and contributes a disproportionate amount of trash to our shared city waters. In 2015 NY/NJ Baykeeper conducted a study of plastics and found that at any given time, 165 million plastic pieces are floating in New York Harbor; the pieces that were large enough to identify were from single-use, disposable food and beverage containers. Because of these conditions, the Bronx River Alliance began analyzing the concentration and makeup of the trash in the river in early 2016. What we have found is that the majority of the trash in the river originates upstream of 233rd Street and primarily consists of Styrofoam and plastics, which do not biodegrade but become friable and pose health threats to fish, wildlife, and humans. I stand with the Bronx River Ecology Team and oppose the proposed amendment to change the definition of “public park” as well as the potential siting of a solid waste transfer station within the current requirement of a 400’ buffer for the following reasons: 1. According to the NYC DEP, in 2016 ~94% of the total floatable trash intercepted citywide was collected from the Bronx River (428 yd3 of 455 yd3 total). In 2015, total volume collected from the Bronx River was ~91% of total collected citywide (224 yd3 of 246.5 yd3 total). a. Photos collected from a visit near the proposed location demonstrated a current issue with the way trash is handled currently at the site (attached). Sincerely, Esther Marie Jackson
Supporting Document:
Agency: DSNY
Comment:
As representative of a major environmental organization that is also home to the Bronx River, we are concerned that the proposed amendment and exception to the 400 foot buffer rule could set the stage for potential increase in negative environmental impacts to the Bronx River. Should the rule not be amended for this one specific site, the potential environmental consequences are reduced or eliminated altogether. please see full comments attached, and thank you for the opportunity to comment.
Agency: DSNY