2013-11-22 / Columnists

Commentary On Things Present

By Peter Stubben

Despite Rockaway’s famously free, fresh and succulent salty air you gotta roll up the windows as you pass the Beach 105th Street Water Treatment Plant. What a disgusting mess!

Can you imagine living or working there?

In fact people do...encircling the foulair plant are four Rockaway schools: directly across the street is Scholars’ Academy; down the block is Beach Channel High; three blocks away to the SE is Waterside (the old PS 225); and due south is Martin de Porres (the old Stella Maris Academy).

Fifty years ago, there may have been reason to shrug shoulders and say...’hey, that’s the way it is’. But today, with so much new scrubbing and carbon technology, and with so many plants around the city, the state and nation in various stages of modernization and upgrades, why does Rockaway Water sit with 40- year old technology surrounded by schools and our central Business District, while nobody - like for instance Rockaway’s Community Board (CB #14) does anything.

On September 17th, 2012 DEP responded to my complaint of foul and disgusting emissions telling me they were gonna ‘deodorize’ the facility. Deodorize the facility!!! No, the Beach 105 Street water treatment does not need a little ‘Arid Extra-Dry’; it requires a hardhanded scrubbing, then a 140 degree sauna and finally an ice-cold-water bath!

Don’t you agree?

You know, if this plant was privately owned and operated, let’s say by the fictitious EG Industries, all the libs and progressives would be up in arms protesting EG and defaming free-market capitalism. They would be on the steps of City Hall with huge banners proclaiming: ‘EG Industries - Stop Stinkin’ Up Rockaway; Stop Polluting Our Children...SHAME ON YOU!!!’ And they would have with them on the City Hall steps school-age children wearing those white-gauzed masks (you know, like what the Chinese wear in Beijing), and they would have with them the mothers of these kids with tears in their eyes and rage in their voices decrying ‘filthy’ capitalism.

But this plant is run by The City of New York and so nobody says nothin’.

If this makes sense to you, why not send CB#14’s Manager an email - Jonathan Gaska <cbrock14@nyc.rr. com> - suggesting he begin impassioned fulminations against these fumes fouling Rockaway’s kids. No to deodorant, Yes to clean and green and up-to-date technology! We’re in the 21st Century, not the 18th.

Hey... Happy Thanksgiving!

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