Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thanks To Riverkeeper, Major Gowanus Polluters Just Fined

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Times have certainly changed in the Gowanus area. Thanks to Riverkeeper,, MCIZ Corporation and other companies owned by host of other companies owned by Jacob Marmurstein on the Gowanus was just fined approximately $485,000 for numerous environmental violations by the NYS Department Of Environmental Conservancy. Riverkeeper, a watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries, had filed a case against MCIZ in 2009 for dumping into the canal.

Riverkeeper Announces Major Victory in Gowanus Canal
Enforcement Campaign

DEC Fines MCIZ and related Corporations $482,750 for years of pollution violations

Ossining, NY – February 16, 2011– Riverkeeper announced today that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has fined MCIZ Corporation and a host of other companies owned by Jacob Marmurstein $482,750 for years of dumping pollution into the Gowanus Canal.

Riverkeeper originally filed a Notice of Intent to Sue (NOIS) against 107 Sixth Street LLC and 36-2nd J Corp (two of the companies owned by Mr. Marmurstein) in September, 2009 as part of its Gowanus Canal enforcement campaign for operating an open dump and filling the Canal from a parking lot on their property.

“We commend the DEC for taking this action and levying a substantial penalty for years of environmental abuses by MCIZ,” said Josh Verleun, Riverkeeper Chief Investigator and Staff Attorney. “This action and recent enforcement efforts by the DEC and Kings County District Attorney’s office underscore the importance of vigilant enforcement against environmental law-breakers. With this type of dedication to serious enforcement, polluters will get the message loud and clear that our waterways are not open sewers and dumping grounds.”

On at least seven boat patrols and a helicopter patrol from May to November 2009, Riverkeeper observed and documented waste materials, debris and other illegal fill on the properties comprising the 6th Street Bus Yard operated by MCIZ, being deposited and dumped along the shore and into the Gowanus Canal. The materials that were dumped included concrete, rusted piping, wood, metal, plastic, and construction and demolition debris.

Riverkeeper’s ongoing efforts on Brooklyn’s waterways include regular boat patrols, water quality testing and a partnership with the Kings County District Attorney, the New York City Department of Small Business Services Dockmaster Unit, and the DEC aimed at coordinating surveillance and enforcement efforts on the Gowanus Canal, Newtown Creek, and other New York City waterways.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know, we don't need for our state government to invent expensive programs like the Brownfield Cleanup Program that Pataki gave us; but it certainly helps to have a state government that enforces our laws.
Thank you, Riverkeeper, for prodding NY DEC to do what they should do.

Anonymous said...

Any idea what businesses he owns?