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Protect Jamaica Bay

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:30 am

If a public agency is barred from dumping toxic sludge into the ocean, shouldn’t it be barred from dumping it into Jamaica Bay?

Yes. And yet the law doesn’t say so.

The problem is the Port Authority, which has been trying for years to get the state to allow it to bury dirty soils it dredges up from New York Harbor in the bay. The state has kept the PA, ahem, at bay, by not issuing the permits required for dumping. But the law actually would allow the permits. That needs to change. So we back Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s bill to bar the state from ever approving dumping in the bay.

The PA claims the toxins would be kept in place by the soil on top, but we don’t believe that can be guaranteed. Muck moves. New York even has the occasional small earthquake. Let’s keep improving Jamaica Bay’s ecology and not step backwards by damaging it. Let’s pass Goldfeder’s bill.

Welcome to the discussion.