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Air quality

Impacts which degrade the breathability of air in areas surrounding the project site.

2012-09-06 Barclays 18 wheeled tractor trailer delivery trucks illegally idle next to residential building

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave - Pacific St bet Carlton & 6th
When: 
September 6, 2012 - 1:39pm

Barclays 18 wheeled tractor trailer delivery trucks illegally idle next to residential building & block residents in because the drivers leave their trucks to find someone in Barclays Arena to help them! With the closure of the staging area 18 wheeled tractor trailers abound in the neighborhood! Other illegal trucks can barely pass to get thru to only to park further down & idle.
http://youtu.be/6gkLJIYvlzc

Buiding Shaking at 618 Dean Street

Location: 
618 Dean Street
When: 
August 30, 2012 - 3:12pm

For the past 3-4 days the building has been shaking due to construction work conducted on the other side of the street (Dean st between Carlton st and Vanderbilt ave). I noticed some cracks at the top of our facade and fear for the safety and structural integrity of our building.

Week-long building vibrations & noise due to heavy construction

Location: 
Lot 1129 across from 618 Dean Street
When: 
August 30, 2012 - 2:25pm

Since Monday, 8/27, our building has experienced severe vibrations and rattling due to heavy construction in lot 1129. THe integrity of our building is being jeopardized by the construction work. There is a disturbing level of noise too in addition to dust becoming airborne and affecting public health.

2012-08-27 LIRR Vanderbilt yards massive uncovered dirt piles since early June 2012

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave various locations Vanderbilt rail yards
When: 
August 27, 2012 - 9:09pm

Why insn't the LIRR Vanderbilt yards massive uncovered dirt piles since early June 2012 be removed, watered or covered?

Dust at the arena site

Location: 
6th Avenue and Dean Street near the intersection
When: 
August 23, 2012 - 2:30pm

Dust was being stirred up by the activities of what I think was a bucket loader working between the Haier store and Dean Street in the site of the Building #3 footprint.  The dust appeared to be largely from its wheels.  Equipment stirring up dust with their wheels has always been a regular occurence  everywhere at the site, especially during dry weather.

2012-08-23 Barclays Arena dust ~ newly open 6th Ave bike riders & pedestrians on sidewalk gets a dusting

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave - 6th Ave NW corner @ Dean St
When: 
August 23, 2012 - 5:11pm

Newly open 6th Ave bike riders & pedestrians on sidewalk gets a dusting from Barclays Arena work.

Huge dust storm slams my apartment building

Location: 
vanderbilt and dean
When: 
August 5, 2012 - 7:40pm

I was walking home yesterday and got caught by the big storm. Before the rain started the wind lifted a layer of dirt off what looked like the whole new lot - piles and all. The cloud was swept up against where I live on Vanderbilt. I took the attached photo as I ran to get home. The dust storm lasted a few minutes until the rain started. I've never seen anything like it. It was the biggest cloud of dust I've seen from the lot.

2012-07-12 Barclays LIRR creates dust with no air monitors @ 10pm within 50’ of residents & no watering

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave various locations Vanderbilt rail yards
When: 
July 12, 2012 - 10:00pm

2012-07-12 Barclays LIRR creates dust with no air monitors @ 10pm within 50’ of residents with no watering.
With rail yard work 24 hrs a day no air monitors or watering present while excavation in the Vanderbilt rail yards.
 
http://youtu.be/6joicVplEkk

2012-07-10 Barclays Arena Dust - no watering or wheel washing

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave - NW corner of 6th Ave & Dean St
When: 
July 10, 2012 - 10:41am

2012-07-10 Barclays Arena Dust - no watering or wheel washing
http://youtu.be/Nmridj0Pfcc

Study finds many problems remain after years of reports showing noncompliance with environmental commitments were submitted to ESDC

An analysis of documents submitted by the environmental consultant HDR retained by ESDC to monitor compliance with Atlantic Yards' noise and air quality protocols has found that the agency has been advised of significant areas of non-compliance on an ongoing basis since construction began in 2010. The analysis is contained in a report prepared for AYW by Sandstone Environmental Associates of Metuchen, NJ. Sandstone also found that some air and noise mitigations originally planned were likely inadequate, several planned mitigations were implemented late or not at all, and others that had been implemented unevenly were not being enforced either by FCRC, ESDC or City agencies.  

Among specific examples are the following:

  • Dust suppression protocols are often violated. Too few air quality monitors are being used given the scale of the site, and those that have been deployed are not used during extended hours construction.
  • The 3/4" plywood being used for construction fencing does not have sufficient noise attenuation properties to shield nearby residences.
  • The model of double-pane windows offered as a noise mitigation for nearby buildings may not have an attentuation rating sufficient to insulate residences from construction noise.
  • Construction equipment that did not meet the project's stated air quality standards has been allowed to remain in service on the site for months while compliant equipment was waiting to be received.
  • The ConEd power grid required for use of electrical, rather than diesel, equipment and generators was installed more than ten months late after construction activity had peaked, and then was largely not utilized by contractors.
  • Use of unauthorized truck routes by contractors is pervasive, with little or no enforcement by ESDC and the City.
  • Extended hours and nighttime construction work is routinely scheduled much more frequently than disclosed and committed in Atlantic Yards' Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).