EPA proposal good for community
Aug 01, 2017 | 9810 views | 0 0 comments | 390 390 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $40 million plan to clean up the former Wolff-Alport chemical site. Long considered one of the most toxic sites in New York City, this is welcomed news for the entire Ridgewood and Bushwick community.

According to information from the EPA, Wolff-Alport was improperly disposing of radioactive material on the site up until the 1950s, which caused unsafe levels of radon in certain areas on the site and at a nearby school.

There was a fear that, with this incoming administration and both a cut to funding and freezing of grants, that this project and others around New York City would fall out of priority.

In February of this year, EPA officials allayed concerns that the cleanup of Newtown Creek would be halted, and back in March, the administration assured residents that the Gowanus Canal cleanup would be proceeding. Now they're gearing up to start this new project in Ridgewood.

Give credit where it's due. This isn't just the continuation of a previous administration's work, but real tangible action being started to better the community.

It's especially good news for the nearby school and daycare that will no longer have to worry about the invisible radioactivity emanating from the site. Even if levels are below what EPA deems dangerous, there's still a lot of unknowns.

The only remaining concern is how will the EPA dispose of the contaminated soil, sediment and debris removed from the site?

A 2014 study from The Guardian found that the carbon emissions generated in one year from cleanup at a Superfund site in California was dramatic. First the soil has to be collected, then it's shipped out of the neighborhood and taken to a different site by trucks.

There are also a few businesses in the area that will be displaced when work begins, but ultimately, it's a project that's for the betterment of all.
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