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February 23, 2012

Forest City, via state agency, says pile of dirt's OK because only periodic misting is required. But what about the promise to cover it with filter fabric?

Atlantic Yards Report

So, what does Empire State Development, the state agency in charge of Atlantic Yards, have to say about the massive pile of uncovered dirt on Block 1129, the southeast block of the project site, identified by Atlantic Yards Watch?

I got a response that seemed, from the syntax, to have been prepared by Forest City Ratner and simply passed on by the state agency:

In accordance with the Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments [p. 19], section N, Part 4, subpart (a), item (iv), we have maintained dust control of the soil stockpile at block 1129 via water misting. Due to the favorable ambient weather conditions only a periodic misting has been required. Dust monitoring has been in place, as it always is, and no monitors showed any dust events during this period, nor did our on-site OEM [Office of Environmental Monitor] personnel witness any dust events during this period. When the construction of the stockpile is complete it remains the intention of the contractors involved to switch to a cover as means of dust control until the soil is utilized for backfill.

What about the cover?

Even if we take that at face value, given that AYW reports that dust is a common by-product of construction, what to make of the promises in the last two two-week Construction Alerts, beginning with the week of January 30:

Backfill Storage

In order to work more efficiently within the Yard, we will stockpile excess soil required for backfilling the site in our lay down area adjacent to Pacific St in block 1129. The pile will be completely covered with filter fabric and additional measures will be used to prevent run off of soil into Pacific St. We expect the soil, which is non-hazardous, to remain in place until mid-April.

(Emphasis added)


Posted by eric at February 23, 2012 12:38 PM