Elected officials representing Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood secured more time for residents to sound off about plans to increase the amount of waste that rail cars transport through their communities.
DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens agreed to grant a 30-day extension after U.S. Reps. Grace Meng and Nydia Velázquez, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblymen Andrew Hevesi and Michael Miller, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Borough President Melinda Katz wrote a letter requesting they do so.
The public can now submit comments through August 9. The previous deadline was July 10. The comment period began on June 22.
For the One World Recycling permit, the public can submit written comments by email to OneWorldRecycling@dec.ny.gov or by regular mail to: Mark Carrara, NYSDEC, SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409.
For the Costal Distribution permit, the public can submit written comments by email to NYAR.Coastal@dec.ny.gov or by regular mail to: NYSDEC, Susan Ackerman, SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409
The DEC will use the public comments as a factor in deciding whether or not to issue the permits.
The New York and Atlantic Railway transports debris on freight rail cars through the Fresh Pond Rail Yard, the tracks for which run along residential communities in Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood.
Community groups originally raised concern earlier this month about uncovered debris being carried by rail cars: http://www.queensledger.com/view/full_story/26701689/article-Advocacy-group–locals-call-for-debris-to-be-covered?