For years, North Brooklyn, the South Bronx and Southeast Queens have shouldered a disproportionate burden of waste management and transfer for New York City. Now, just as the city is about to shift some of that burden to South Brooklyn, officials there are promising to continue to fight the opening of the Southwest Marine Waste Transfer Station, reports Kings County Politics.
Starting in 2018, Waste Management is slated to transfer garbage by water and rail from the new transfer station to New Jersey, as part of a $3.3 billion agreement the city recently signed with the garbage hauling company. The objective is to relieve some of the truck traffic that other neighborhoods have suffered.
But Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-Bensonhust, Bath Beach) and Democratic District Leader and Bay Ridge City Council Candidate Nancy Tong are among local leaders who strongly oppose the new transfer station. The station is on the site of an old incinerator site which had numerous environmental violations including, Kings County Politics reports, toxic sludge dropped into nearby Gravesend Bay and non-friable asbestos containing material (ACM).
“This is a perfect example of government failing to represent the people,” said Colton, who formed an environmental task force to monitor the transfer station and has tried unsuccessfully in court several times to stop it.
For her part, Tong referred to the transfer stations as “an outrageous example of government indifference,” and cited many better ways in which the $3.3 billion might be spent.
“As a Council woman representing the district of this ill-fated proposal, I pledge to continue the fight against the opening and operation of this site and I pledge to fight to get the $3.3 billion to operate it to be converted to projects for our overcrowded schools, to build more Universal Pre K programs, to get more affordable housing and to better of the quality of life for all of us,” she added.
Go to Kings County Politics to read what other politicians, including some whose districts will get some relief from truck traffic, have to say about the new transfer station.