Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Wallabout, Fort Greene, Williamsburg

incinerator, "environmental justice", protest, Pataki, hasidism, dioxins

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In 1979, The New York City government proposed the Brooklyn Navy Yard incinerator project as a response to landfill problems.[1] State environmental officials began pressuring the city to stop using the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island as its sole solid waste disposal facility. Community opposition took some time to coalesce. In 1985, Satmars from South Williamsburg organized a march across the Brooklyn bridge to prevent the city from signing a contract for the Navy Yard incinerator. Opposition also arose in the Fort Green community to the south of the Navy Yard. 

Further complications arose in 1992 when Robert Paterson, a local historian produced an old map suggesting that the graves of 11,000 American prisoners-of-war, who died aboard British ships in Wallabout Bay (off the Navy Yard) during the Revolutionary War, remain beneath the proposed site. This finding spawned further protests. Although it was supported by Mayor Dinkins, and later Mayor Guliani, legal obstacles put up by NYPIRG and the NAACP Legal and Education Defense Fund slowed the permitting process. In 1996, caving into pressure, Governor Pataki signed a bill that prohibited the construction of the Navy Yard incinerator. The new environmental legislation, with wide bipartisan support, also required the closure of the Fresh Kills Landfil on Staten Island.
  1. Extracted from el Puente's timeline of the abandoned project, http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/~gelobter/cucrej/html/epcase_timeline.html

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