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Environmental Justice & Health

The industrial history of Greenpoint and Williamsburg is bound to North Brooklyn's environmental challenges. Currently our work focuses on air quality, legacy toxins, toxic sites (like Superfunds & Brownfields), and trash & waste.

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Comments on EPA’s Proposal to Keep Ozone Standard

September 29, 2020

In August 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency, after a statutory review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for primary (health-based) and secondary (environment-based)…

ELI featured in Brooklyn Paper

September 17, 2020

Our new interactive environmental mapping tool, ELI, was featured in Brooklyn Paper. In the piece, NBN executive director Anthony Buissereth shared the purpose of the…

NBN #SaveOurCompost City Council Testimony

May 21, 2020

North Brooklyn Neighbors submitted testimony to the City Council in response to the FY2021 executive budget’s proposed cuts to the organic recycling program. Please find…

Comments Nassau Works MGP Site

May 11, 2020

In February 2020, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation released a proposed remedial action plan (PRAP) for the Nassau Works MGP site located at the…

Response to City Cuts to Organics Recycling

April 28, 2020

The City is suspending curbside organics collection on May 4, 2020 for at least 14 months further dismantling its organics recycling efforts. We call on…

Comments on the National Grid Rate Case (19-01093)

April 20, 2020

North Brooklyn Neighbors submitted comments to the Public Service Commission (PSC) in opposition to National Grid’s proposed rate increase for customers in Brooklyn and Queens….

Comments on the Former Dutch Masters Paint and Varnish Co. Brownfield

March 30, 2020

In February 2020, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation released a draft remedial action work plan (RAWP) for the Former Dutch Masters Paint and Varnish…

Comments on Newtown Creek Superfund OU2 Proposal

March 3, 2020

In late 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed plan which recommends no further action to reduce the volume of combined sewer…

Idling Diaries: Part 2

January 7, 2020

Lael Goodman, our environmental justice program manager, shares her experience reporting truck and bus idling in North Brooklyn via the city’s Idling Complaint System. After…

North Brooklyn Bag Swap

January 3, 2020

Beginning March 1, 2020, plastic bags will be banned at most stores in New York State. To help ensure that Greenpoint and Williamsburg are prepared…

Idling Diaries: Part 1

December 17, 2019

Lael Goodman, our environmental justice program manager, shares her experience reporting truck and bus idling in North Brooklyn via the city’s Idling Complaint System. I…

Commercial Waste Zones – Passed!

November 4, 2019

For years, NYC has been operating with a private waste carting system that many have likened to the Wild West. While garbage, recycling, and compost…

How To: Report Vehicle Idling

October 8, 2019

It is illegal for commercial trucks, vans, and passenger buses in NYC to idle for more than three minutes, with certain exceptions.* If you document…

Lead in Soils Explainer Video

August 13, 2019

Over the past few years, North Brooklyn Neighbors has worked to raise awareness and equip residents with tools to combat lead in soils. We’ve hosted…

Recap: Petroleum Vapors Town Hall

June 13, 2019

On Wednesday, June 12th North Brooklyn Neighbors hosted a community town hall. The town hall featured a moderated panel discussion and a Q&A with community…

Seeking Proposals for NuHart Technical Advisor

February 22, 2019

We are looking for a new Technical Advisor for the NuHart Superfund site. Read our request for proposals. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March…

NuHart East Public Comment Period Now Open

February 4, 2019

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is soliciting public comments for the Brownfield application and draft remediation plan for the NuHart East site. This is the…

NBN & Partners Comment on the NuHart Clean-Up Plan

November 19, 2018

North Brooklyn Neighbors joined with seven partner groups to submit comments to the NYS DEC about its proposed clean up plan for the from NuHart…

NuHart Plastics Developer Offers Tepid Response to Community Concerns

August 23, 2018

All Year Management responds to a June letter written by NAG and partners outlining community concerns regarding the impending development of the NuHart Plastics Superfund…

Residents Rally to Oppose School Built Next to Toxic Superfund Site

July 6, 2018

Sign our petition opposing the siting of a new school next to one of the most contaminated sites in all of Brooklyn and NYC. —…