2011-12-09 / Letters

What’s Up With MGP Site?

Dear Editor,

Has anyone noticed the large presence of people, trucks, towers and trailers on the MGP site on RBB between B108 and B112? This entire clean-up was supposed to last 14 months. National Greed miscalculated the construction of the barrier between BCD and the bay.

They miscalculated or just played dumb on the weight of Poscilico’s trucks carrying removed toxic soil to the lucky recipients somewhere beyond Staten Island. The latter error could have done irreparable damage to the MP Bridge. But, no penalty was inflicted upon Greed or Poscilico despite their every once in a while slipping in an oversized truck with the conforming ones.

The hours of transporting toxic soil were abused by Greed as I observed loaded trucks leaving the peninsula as early as 5:30 a.m. and not the hours fed us at the pre-dig meetings. Ultimately, everything Nat Greed and the DDC said at our community meetings meant to placate us with regard to ridding the toxic waste from the MGP site was untrue.

Now, the site is so loaded with Greed equipment, all of you with visions of sugar plums dancing in your heads who thought the toxic land would make a great park for the kiddies or a strip mall can see that Greed lied when they said they had no planned use for the land post clean-up and can now snap back to reality.

As residents of the Rockaway Park community, we have a right to know exactly what is transpiring on the MGP site. What each of the newly implanted structures is, and how what they are doing affects us (our breathing, our wells, our aquifer) must be fully explained. For a company like National Greed to spend more that 3 years on a 14 month project that seems to have no end in sight is an abuse to the community. Why was the tent reconstructed instead of being dismantled if all the digging is complete? Are they engaged in digging for natural gas on the site? Are they hooking up pipes for gas storage facilities on the site? Will we ever get straight answers from them? It would be refreshing.

The part of the community that cares knows that “cleaning up” a site where the toxins measure 123 feet in depth by removing the top 8 feet and calling it clean is disgraceful. That ‘clean’ 8 feet is continually being undermined by high and low tides and shifting sand beneath the land’s surface. How long until the toxins below the 8 feet rise to the top and pollute our air or threaten our well water necessitating a second clean up? Who is watching out for our residents? Doesn’t anyone in power give a damn?

JOAN METTLER

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