Officials call for study of Fresh Kills Landfill health risks

Staten Island politicians have asked the city to look into health risks to Staten Islanders posed by their exposure to the debris from Fresh Kills Landfill. Their report alludes to the debris from the World Trade Center and its health effects on the rescue and recovery workers and Lower Manhattan residents, but also discusses concerns about the landfill’s use as a garbage dump, writes Annalise Knudson in the Staten Island Advance.

Councilman Joseph Borellli and Minority Leader Steven Matteo want funding from the Department of Health or City University of NY for a study focusing on the health of Staten Islanders residing within five miles of the landfill during its period of active use. Funds raised by Fresh Kills’ sales of methane could fund the study, they say.

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