Kellner Disapproves Waste Transfer Operations
Manhattan’s Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner showed his disapproval of the creation of a waste transfer station, amounting to $240, on the East River at East 91st Street as proposed by the Bloomberg administration and be carried out by Skanska, the giant Swedish construction firm, for operations in 2015.
Kellner filed a lawsuit against the construction of the waste management station which is to begin at the end of the year. However, Kellner’s opposition act was unsuccessful, for the United States Army Corps of Engineers already released the permit for construction last week.
Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway says that the waste transfer station shall provide significant aid to Manhattan’s waste.
It can be noted that the waste transfer station at the East 91st Street is part of the administration’s waste-management plans in 2006. Contrary to this, Kellner added the city has not even started with two other beneficial plans for Manhattan: the establishment of a recycling center at Gansevoort Street and West 59th Street.
In response to this, Bloomberg’s spokesperson Marc LaVorgna said that the creation of the recycling centers for Gansevoot and West 59th will take its course in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Kellner stressed that since the expected volume of waste at the East 91st Street is actually less than the real volume, the construction should first obtain the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the City Council’s approval prior to operations.
Councilwoman Jessica Lappin opined that the waste management station will harm the marine life present at the East River. Furthermore, she expressed her disappointment towards the Corp’s of Engineers.