The Legacies of Industrial Pollution: The Effect on Human Health

by Ryan Watson on

For years, residents and activists alike have expressed concern over the history of industrial pollution in our community. From the Meeker Avenue Plumes to the Exxon Mobil Oil Spill to the designation of the Newtown Creek as a Superfund site, there are certainly a number of causes for environmental concern in the Greenpoint community. (Check out the Newtown Creek Alliance’s Creek Speak for narrative accounts on many of these issues.) After decades of debate and speculation, the most pertinent question seems to be: What risk does exposure to long-standing enviromental pollution have on human health?

At long last, thanks to the dedicated members of the Newtown Creek Community Advsiory Group (CAG) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the issue of human health risks is being systematically examined. Next week, CAG and EPA will hold a meeting to discuss EPA’s recent document “Current and Future Uses in Newtown Creek for Human Health Risk Assessment.”

If you’d like to be part of this important conversation or want to know more about the potential human health risk of along our northern waterway, we strongly recommend attending this meeting.

When: Wednesday May 8, 6-8pm
Where: Upstairs Meeting Room in Visitor Center at the Newtown Creek WWTP
Address: 329 Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY, 11222
(Enter at the intersection of Greenpoint Avenue and Humboldt Street.)
About: Exposure scenarios for the EPA Human Health

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.