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NYBC backs trash-to-energy proposal.

Citing the "not-in-my-backyard" opponents of the project, Coletti said that "the facts are we need to do something about the city's garbage and do it now." The city's only landfill is nearing capacity and is certain to close before the year 2000, he explained. New York's out-of-state waste-hauling options are narrowing, he said, as a result of impending federal legislation aimed at banning inter-state waste hauling.

Continuing, Coletti pointed out that recycling, presently accounts for 12 percent of the city's garbage. This is projected to rise to 41 percent -- or 11,500 tons per day -- but even this recycling level would leave 16,500 tons of garbage a day to be disposed of, he declared, and he pointed out that the planned Navy Yard waste-to-energy facility is intended to complement the recycling effort.

Coletti told the hearing, "We can't afford to wait any longer. The project will significantly help to improve the city's quality of life."

Urging adoption of a comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, Building Congress President Louis J. Coletti also urged that construction of the Brooklyn Navy Yard trash-to-energy project be accelerated.

In testimony before City Council/Sanitation Department public hearings on the Solid Waste Management Plan, Coletti endorsed the Plan's proposal for three methods of disposing of our garbage--recycling, trash-to-energy and landfilling. The Brooklyn Navy Yard project," he asserted, "is a critical component of the Plan."

The Congress President said: "Health and environmental standards must and will be met, and the project will create hundreds of needed construction jobs in an industry that is suffering from 50 percent unemployment. It will bring economic development to the Brooklyn waterfront area, will infuse millions of dollars into the local economy and will save energy costs by creating steam for Con Edison. The project is ready to go now," he added.

The public supports the trash-to-energy method by wide margins, Coletti noted. In a recent Building Congress poll by the independent firm of Johnson Survey Research, 76 percent of New Yorkers rated the technology as favorable--far more than favored landfilling or simple incineration with no energy production. "The public supports trash-to-energy because it wants to see energy--as well as garbage--recycled," he said. Support for trash-to-energy was solid in Brooklyn and even in the area surrounding the Navy Yard.

The project, Coletti said, has undergone extensive reviews of its environmental impact by the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, "and received a clean bill of health."

"This type of facility, the same one in full operation in 36 states and 136 locations nationwide, is safe and non-threatening to our health," Coletti said.
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Title Annotation:New York Building Congress supports construction of Brooklyn Navy Yard project
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jun 10, 1992
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