DEC Renews Permits for New York City’s East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station

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DEC Renews Permits for New York City’s East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) East 91st Street Converted Marine Transfer Station (MTS) received permit renewals for continued construction and operation of the facility today, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced.

The facility, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, along the East River, first received DEC permits for its construction and operation in October 2009, and New York City began construction in 2013.

The latest round of renewals include an Air State Facility permit, the Tidal Wetlands permit, the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification and the Solid Waste Management permit.

The East 91st facility is part of New York City’s overall Solid Waste Management Plan, which was developed as a result of the 2001 closure of the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island. DSNY served as lead agency under the State Environmental Quality Review Act for both the NYC Solid Waste Management Plan and the project itself. As lead agency DSNY evaluated traffic, noise, community character and other potential impacts.

DSNY also studied the potential flood risks for the MTS in light of the site’s experience during Hurricane Sandy and the revised advisory flood maps recently issued by FEMA. As a result, flood-proofing designs are being incorporated in the construction plans.

In addition to the ordinary permit renewal review process, at the request of members of the public DEC evaluated the project and determined that the facility met the permit standards for work in tidal wetlands and complied with New York’s water quality standards and state air and solid waste management regulations. DEC also reviewed the City’s analysis of potential impacts from fine particulate matter and found that emissions are properly regulated by existing permit conditions. In addition, DEC reviewed the resiliency components of the project and concurs with the approaches proposed by the City.

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