Residents of a Seneca-Babcock neighborhood will get a visit Wednesday from Sen. Charles E. Schumer promising assistance in dealing with a local demolition company that the senator says appears to be in violation of federal clean air laws.
Schumer will meet at 11 a.m. outside of Battaglia Demolition at 126 Peabody St. with Erin Heaney, the director of the local Clean Air Coalition; Art Robinson of the Seneca-Babcock Block Club; and other area residents to call attention to a neighborhood problem.
Battaglia Demolition, according to Schumer’s office, “demolishes up to 150 truckloads of concrete every day and the resulting dust wafts into the air and coats nearby homes, cars and pools, severely impacting quality of life and property values.
“Local residents are also concerned that these dust clouds – which may contain asbestos and silica, two toxins that are extremely damaging to human health – may have health impacts, especially for children,” the Schumer statement added.
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Schumer is expected to call on officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce its permitting requirements for Battaglia Demolition.
The senator said the company is currently “operating without a federal Clean Air permit.”