Congresswoman Maloney Submits Testimony Against Issuing ASF Permit to The Brooklyn Union Gas Company Grid at DEC Hearing

Mar 15, 2021
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Last week, the Office of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) testified at The New York City State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hearing against the issuing of an Air State Facility (ASF) permit to The Brooklyn Union Gas Company Grid to install 2 liquefied natural gas vaporizers at The Greenpoint Energy Center located at 287 Maspeth Avenue. 

 

The testimony made clear the disastrous environmental and health damage that would be caused to the surrounding community, stating that, “by National Grid’s own projections, this proposal would substantially increase environmentally harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, New York City residents, particularly our BIPOC communities, continue to have disproportionately high rates of asthma and other illnesses related to air pollution, and I worry about the harmful effects of this facility and associated vehicular traffic.” 

 

The testimony, as delivered, can be found below. 

 

“I would like to thank the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for allowing me to present testimony today. I believe that the DEC should not issue The Brooklyn Union Gas Company DBA National Grid an Air State Facility (ASF) permit for the Greenpoint Energy Center located at 287 Maspeth Avenue, which is located in the 12th Congressional District which I am privileged to represent. 

 

“I have not seen evidence that the National Grid proposal to install 2 liquified natural gas vaporizers at the site is necessary to meet current or future needs. Furthermore, it is my understand that by National Grid’s own projections, this proposal would substantially increase environmentally harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, New York City residents, particularly our BIPOC communities, continue to have disproportionately high rates of asthma and other illnesses related to air pollution, and I worry about the harmful effects of this facility and associated vehicular traffic. 

 

“As we continue to work as a city, state, and nation to address the dire environmental crisis of climate change, I find the $54 million cost of the project - born by National Grid customers and ratepayers - to be a misguided and shortsighted investment in infrastructure and technologies which must be progressively phased out of use. 

 

“Fundamentally, this community has long been burdened with the toxic legacy of our nation’s industrial past, I hope the DEC will act to alleviate that burden for the neighborhood’s current and future residents and deny the ASF permit for the Greenpoint Energy Center, consistent with all applicable rules and regulations. 

 

“Thank you.” 

 

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