Home

Submit a report

Having a problem related to Atlantic Yards? Log in or register for a free account to submit a report to AYW.

Air quality

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

Yet two more documented incidents this morning serve as a reminder proper construction practices have to be implemented at all times.

The photograph may look like the one we ran yesterday, but it is from 7:30 this morning.  At the time it was taken there is no misting of the loading of the trucks, and the surface of the yard is clearly dry enough to produce dust.  Later this morning some degree of watering did begin to take place.

An uncovered dump truck apparently transferring sifted dirt from block 1129 travelled down Pacific Street this morning.  Dump trucks are supposed to be inspected to ensure they are covered before they leave the work site.  

Uncovered dump truck from FCR Atlantic Yards construction site

Location: 
traveling west on pacific st between 6th Ave & Carlton Ave
When: 
July 12, 2011 - 8:07am

Uncovered dump truck from FCR Atlantic Yards construction site - 311 needed more info to take call (called @10:05am)& issues number

Dust from Vanderbilt Rail Yards by FCR construction workers

Location: 
Behind 718 Atlantic in Vanderbilt railyards
When: 
July 12, 2011 - 7:25am

Dust from Vanderbilt Rail Yards by FCR construction workers

Dust for workers and possibly the community from work in the railyard today

Dust from excavation and trucks in the railyard is visible in this photo submitted with an incident report today.  Dust suppression measures are supposed to be put in place in order to protect air quality for workers on the project and the community nearby.  The Amended Environmental Commitments Memo states:

FCRC shall require its contractors to implement dust suppression measures including the following:  

iii.  Watering unpaved surfaces, including haul roads and excavation faces.  All unpaved haul roads and excavation surfaces shall be continuously watered by watering trucks or constant misting, so that surfaces remain damp at all times when in use during construction.  Gravel cover shall be applied to unpaved surfaces which are regularly traveled."

 

Dust from Vanderbilt Rail Yards for FCR construction workers

Location: 
Behind 718 Atlantic in Vanderbilt railyards
When: 
July 11, 2011 - 8:35am

Dust from Vanderbilt Rail Yards for FCR construction workers

Idling Truck Left Without Driver

Location: 
Pacific Street between 6th and Carlton
When: 
July 5, 2011 - 8:15am

A truck was left idling in a newly created no parking zone created as a temporary construction measure on Pacific west of the Carlton Avenue intersection.  The truck was parked directly under residences.

The driver left the truck to visit the former Weinstein building.  He left the truck running while he was gone.  I asked at the gate for him.  He did not arrive for over five more minutes. 

The label on the truck said USDOT 480940

On the door of the truck it said:  ADT  Aquifer drilling and testing

Barclays Center contractors place a mostly uncovered mound of dirt on block 1129 close to homes; there appear to be numerous violations of the Amended Environmental Commitments Memo (updated)

(The text in italics has been updated since the original post).

Barclays Center contractors have created a large stockpile for dirt at the intersection of Dean Street and Carlton Avenue.  The photo on the right was taken Friday, July 1st.  The mound, mostly uncovered for much of last week, is across the street from homes on Dean Street and Carlton Avenue.  As of Sunday, July 3rd the covering has been extended to cover the top of the pile.  The issue was first brought to the attention of this website by an incident report filed Tuesday, June 28th.

A second smaller pile on block 1129 has been left uncovered as of Sunday, July 3rd.

It is unclear why this stockpile and the procedure it is associated with are located so close to residences. 

The pile appears to violate numerous commitments as detailed in the Amended Environmental Commitments Memo.  Dirt was visibly blowing off the pile on Friday, July 1st.  

The pile is one element of a multi-step process which apparently involves sifting gravel from the Barclays Center construction site in order to clean or reuse it.  Dirt is brought from the arena block to block 1129 via Dean Street, unloaded and eventually sifted at the location of the pile.  It is then removed by truck, possibly back to the arena block for reuse.  No wetting was visible during this process July 1st.  If the pile was sprayed with a suppressing agent, it was inadequate to the purpose. 

The Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments states "all stockpiled dry materials (e.g., sand, aggregate) shall be water-misted; sprayed with non-hazardous, biodegradable suppressing agent; covered; or otherwise enclosed."  It also states "loading of any dry material which may release dust from trucks shall be accompanied by manual water spraying of the material," and that "a washing station shall be constructed for all truck exits."  None of these commitments appear to be met in this case.

This process may also be the reason construction trucks associated with Laquila filled with gravel have been leaving the construction site and traveling down Dean Street passed Dean Playground.  Dean Street and Carlton Avenues are not designated truck routes.

inadequate coverage of dirt pile in 1129 block across from 532 Carlton

Location: 
Construction area between Dean and Pacific facing Carlton
When: 
June 28, 2011 - 8:40pm

I did not report this incident to 311, but my understanding is that dirt piles are supposed to be covered in the construction areas. This one has some vague covering that does not entirely cover the pile or prevent dust from blowing from pile.

Dust blowing across Dean Street

Location: 
Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt
When: 
May 31, 2011 - 2:30pm

Dust blew across Dean Street out of the Atlantic Yards Project. They appeared to be digging.

Dust blowing across Dean Street

Location: 
Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt
When: 
May 31, 2011 - 2:30pm

Dust blew across Dean Street out of the Atlantic Yards Project. They appeared to be digging.