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Air quality

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

Equipment spews dust into air over railyard and Atlantic Avenue

Video submitted with an incident report shows dust being blown into the air this morning in the railyard near the work reconstructing the Carlton Avenue Bridge.   The video above is one of four submitted.

The incident report accompanying the video reports "this has been going on for the last few days."  

The report notes that the dust was so significant the worker using a water hose to suppress dust moved away, stopping his task.

2011-12-02 Rail Yard work for Barclay’s arena further egregious violations of the EIS & NYC Air Quality standards

Location: 
Vanderbilt Rail Yards behind 718 Atlantic Ave
When: 
December 2, 2011 - 9:28am

Rail Yard work for Barclay’s arena violates the EIS & NYC Air Quality standards and ESDC’s & FCR’s continued failure to monitor to ‘prevent’ ongoing quality of life issues including air quality. This has been going on the last few days.
The amount of dust is so choking to the worker using a water hose to water he abandoned that tactic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjLKWpg3pCA

More violations of truck rules and regulations occur, causing air quality impacts

An incident report from November 28th contains two videos showing trucks departing the construction site quickly and stirring up dust into the air.  The location of the incidents shown in the video is Pacific Street at Carlton Avenue, where a dispatch is supposed to stop all trucks and only let them advance when the designated entrance is ready to receive them.

Air quality in the community near the site is affected when trucks speed and/or dirt is spread from the work site by the wheels of construction trucks.  While coordination of trucks associated with project construction has improved since incident reports and stories posted on AYW began drawing attention to violations of truck rules and NYC law, there has never been wheel washing stations at each exit as promised, and dirt and mud is often tracked from the site. Further, the number of exits/entrances currently in use at the site far exceeds what was anticipated in any environmental analysis.

Inside the construction site trucks are required to obey a 5 mph speed limit.  The video shows trucks apparently traveling too fast on the public section of Pacific Street; an area where the 5 mph speed limit may not apply, but where community life must co-exist with the designated route of Atlantic Yards construction delivery trucks.

2011-12-02 Barclay’s arena trucks violate the EIS; ESDC & FCR continued failure to control deliveries for arena & rail yard

Location: 
mid-block Pacific St bet Carlton Ave & 6th Ave
When: 
December 2, 2011 - 6:30am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F98r4tPILFo
ESDC & FCR continue to allow arena construction & rail yard contractor’s tractor trailers to violate the EIS by failing to schedule, control & contain deliveries to lessen the negative impact on the residential community daily, this was the ESDC’s primary protocol to mitigate the continued and very negative impacts from the arena construction.

2011-11-28 Barclay's arena/rail yards tractor trailer truck lost in neighboorhood

Location: 
Turned l-north onto Vanderbilt from St Marks
When: 
November 28, 2011 - 1:03pm

Another Barclay's arena/rail yards tractor trailer truck lost in neighboorhood.

2011-11-28 Speeding arena/rail yard trucks blast thru residential area creating a dust bowl & residents complain

Location: 
Pacific St bet Carlton Ave & 6th Ave
When: 
November 28, 2011 - 1:19pm

2011-11-28 Speeding Arena trucks blast thru residential area creating A DUST BOWL residents complain, staging area's street is not swept.
3 residents witnessed that none of the trucks all day EVER stopped or was controlled by the official staging flagger stationed @ Carlton Ave & Pacific St.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go1a4E1Utes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkPwYu4BGn0
 

More examples of ESDC’s long continued failure to enforce arena traffic mitigation measures!

Location: 
Pacific St bet Carlton Ave & 6th Ave
When: 
November 23, 2011 - 6:15am

Daily continued failure of Barclay’s arena flaggers and ESDC controlling the delivery trucks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGxqzJjP-7k

Barclay’s arena delivery truck illegally idling for over 20 min around 6:15am

00:00 ~ 00:18 tractor trailer driver "working" on truck (white shirt view in middle of frame)

Still there:

More evidence of ESDC’s long continued failure to enforce arena traffic mitigation measures! How much is needed for penalties?

Location: 
Pacific St bet Carlton Ave & 6th Ave
When: 
November 18, 2011 - 11:58am

7 videos & 7 pictures:

ESDC/FCR Arena flaggers fail to control arena dump trucks & uses 6th Ave & Pacific St as an un-official dangerous staging area

Location: 
6th Ave & Pacific St
When: 
November 17, 2011 - 12:16pm

More egregious construction traffic assault on the local community permitted by FCR & the ESDC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW8VLj4Jn3M

00:29 notice the LIRR gate is open & blocks sidewalk & a pedestrian later will have to encroach traffic in the street.

2011-10-27 Rail yard tractor trailer dump trucks headed to Classon - The CLEXY Block Association petition

Location: 
Atlantic Ave to Classon
When: 
November 10, 2011 - 1:52pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds1FAbXpx4U