Our Final GCEF Forum: The NuHart Toxic Waste Site – Harmful Chemical Lurking in Greenpoint

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nuhartThe NuHart Toxic Waste Site – Harmful Chemicals Lurking in Greenpoint.
Thursday June 30
McCarren Pool Community Room
776 Lorimer St BK NY 11222
Light Refreshments served
Event is free; RSVP on FB – https://www.facebook.com/events/1023830471019791/

The fourth & final forum in a series of panel discussions about the environment in Greenpoint. We started the series with a discussion about the industrial past in Greenpoint and how that affects the Greenpoint of today. Next, we discussed all the cleanup programs by the Feds, State, and City designed to clean up the toxic mess in our community. Then we looked at the water quality issues in our Federal Superfund, Newtown Creek. Finally, we will be wrapping up the series by discussing the State Superfund site at NuHart.

Hidden beneath an old shuttered industrial factory in Greenpoint is an estimated 60,000 gallons of toxic chemicals, substances linked to reproductive harm including birth defects, learning and behavior problems, and asthma.

The NuHart Plastics Superfund site is an old vinyl plastics plant located across the street from a park and proposed school in northwestern Greenpoint that has polluted the soil and groundwater of the area with phthalates and trichloroethylene (TCE).

Come learn about the site and efforts by grassroots neighborhood groups, elected officials and residents to get this site cleaned up once and for all. Find out about the hazards of phthalates and TCE from an internationally recognized researcher and physician, the status of the site and clean up proposals being considered, and how you can get involved in the campaign to clean it up.

Speaking at the event will be:
· Dr. Leo Trasande, a physician, researcher and Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine and Health Policy at NYU.

· Mike Schade, Greenpoint resident, board member of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and national environmental health policy expert; and

Free! Food and refreshments will be provided.

This event is sponsored by Greenpoint Association for Parks & Planning (GWAPP) and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG).

About the Speakers

Leonardo Trasande, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine and Population Health

Dr. Trasande’s research focuses on identifying the role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks, and documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin in children proactively. Dr. Trasande is perhaps best known for a 2012 Journal of the American Medical Association study associating Bisphenol A exposure in children and adolescents with obesity, and a 2011 study in Health Affairs which found that children’s exposures to chemicals in the environment cost $76.6 billion in 2008. His analysis of the economic costs of mercury pollution played a critical role in preventing the Clear Skies Act (which would have relaxed regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants) from becoming law. He has also published a series of studies which document increases in hospitalizations associated with childhood obesity and increases in medical expenditures associated with being obese or overweight in childhood. These studies have been cited in the Presidential Task Force Report in Childhood Obesity, and another landmark study identified that a $2 billion annual investment in prevention would be cost-effective even if it produced small reductions in the number of children who were obese and overweight. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the World Trade Center Health Program. He recently served on a United Nations Environment Programme Steering Committee which published a Global Outlook on Chemicals in 2013, and on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mike Schade, Board Member of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG)
Mike Schade is the Director of the Mind the Store campaign with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (a national coalition of 450 organizations), which is challenging the nation’s leading retailers on creating comprehensive chemicals policies and eliminating harmful chemicals such as phthalates. For the previous nine years, Mike was the Markets Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), a national environmental health organization where he led national campaigns to phase out PVC plastic, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA) and dioxin. Prior to CHEJ, he was the Director of the Buffalo office of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, a NY statewide environmental organization. Mike lives in Greenpoint and serves on the Board of Directors of NAG, as well as the Steering Committees of the Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group (CAG) and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA). He received a BS in Environmental Studies from the University at Buffalo.

GWAPP Environmental Forums are made possible with funding provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.



The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning, Inc. ("GWAPP") is a not-for-profit group, 501(c)(3), comprised of individuals, community organizations, religious institutions, and concerned citizens from the Greenpoint-Williamsburg communities dedicated to the development of parks and public access on the Greenpoint waterfront.