Residents: Factory releasing toxic smoke into neighborhood

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Williamsburg residents held a rally Sunday to call on the city and the city’s Department of Environmental Protection to keep them safe from the smoke coming from a local factory.

They say a matzo factory, located at 427 Broadway, is releasing toxic smoke into the neighborhood.

The residents say they wake up in the middle of the night thinking their apartments are on fire, and some say they are having problems breathing.  

They say they have called 311 and sent a letter to the city, asking for help in solving the problem.

A man who tells News 12 he has worked in the factory for the past 30 years says they're just baking matzo, and not doing anything wrong.

" The smell is just like when you go upstate and you smell from a chimney this is the same smell.... they just put in almost $1 million to renovate this bakery to make sure everything is clean everything is on code,” he says.

DEP officials have been to the factory on several occasions and most recently, issued two violations for the emission of odors.
The residents say that's not enough - they want to see the emissions stop.

News 12 reached out to the factory, the mayor’s office and the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, but have not heard back yet.

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