Bensonhurst residents want to throw out plans for marine waste transfer station

Bensonhurst residents are trying to throw out the city?s plans to open a marine waste transfer station.

The Bensonhurst community says 15 years ago, the area finally rid itself of another health hazard, an illegal incinerator that operated for 30 years. The station?s blueprints are at the exact same location as the illicit incinerator and are in close proximity to homes, shopping malls and an amusement park.

Neighbors look to locals suffering from cancer and leukemia as proof that the waste transfer site should be banned. According to the New York City Department of Health, from 1992 to 1996 there was a slight inflation in Bensonhurst?s number of cancer victims.

Residents are also worried about the affects the site will have on marine life. Neighbors believe toxins will pollute the fish which is eaten in local restaurants and sold throughout the area.

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