Outcry swells against proposed Bensonhurst waste site

GRAVESEND BAY - Bensonhurst will endure pollutants and trash if a proposed waste transfer station gets state approval, according to opponents.

Community Board 11, the City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have signed off on a plan to build a waste station in Gravesend Bay. The plan now awaits approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Haym Salomon Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation sent a letter to the DEC earlier this month, making a case against the plan. "By constructing this station, we are jeopardizing the health and quality of our elderly residents," the letter stated.

The owner of the Marine Basin Marina argues the station threatens to disrupt pollutants at the bottom of the water. "They'll be using tugboats and barges to transfer the garbage around. Once they start stirring up the waters, what'll happen is it'll upset the base of my seawall," Bryan Thomas said.

"The problem is ... once the transfer station's in place, we'll be taking commercial garbage also," concerned Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr. said. "I recommended a task force or advisory board be made up of people from our community."

If the DEC signs off on the plan, public hearings will be held on the issue.

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