Below is a copy of the letter I have sent to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation urging them to revoke the operating permits for the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station. To send your own letter to the DEC, click HERE.
July 1, 2015
Iver M. Anderson
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
47-20 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5407
Dear Mr. Anderson:
I am writing to urge you and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to demonstrate that NY State is a leader in protecting its families -- especially children -- from the dangers of traffic-related air pollution and to modify, suspend or revoke the building and operating permits of the E. 91st St. MTS. There is MATERIAL and CRITICAL NEW information regarding the harmful and dangerous effects that this MTS will have on the air quality in the surrounding community.
The community surrounding the E. 91st St. MTS has some of the highest mortality and morbidity from selected conditions due to PM2.5 in New York City. The neighborhood directly surrounding the MTS site is one of the most densely and thoroughly residential in all of New York City. This area is full of schools and child-oriented facilities, including Asphalt Green.
Since 2012, there have been a number of studies positively correlating perinatal and neonatal exposure to traffic related air pollution and risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Exposure to traffic related pollutants including NO2, PM2.5, and PM10 during pregnancy and the first year of life was noted to be associated with autism. In particular, exposure to PM2.5 in the third trimester was associated with greater odds of a child having ASD.
This new and crucial data was not available when the permits for the E. 91st St. MTS were first issued in 2009. There is no question that autism is on the rise, and the above noted information is highly relevant to the added dangers that the E. 91st St. MTS poses.
I believe that this data obligates the DEC under Section 621.113(a)(4) “to modify, suspend or revoke a permit. . . on the basis of . . . newly discovered material information or a material change in environmental conditions…”