Carroll Gardens Subway Asbestos Removal Anger Has Not Abated
Whatever the MTA was doing in terms of asbestos removal at the Carroll Street Station this weekend had wrapped by up by yesterday afternoon, but a local City Council Member Bill de Blasio said he was "deeply concerned" about the work and criticized the MTA for not notifying the community in advance. Yesterday, we reported that neighbors were angry that they woke up on Saturday and found a big red dumpster with those ominous asbestos removal warning signs at the corner of Smith and Second Streets. Making matter worse, the dumpster was left open until a resident confronted workers and demanded that it be closed. A truck with warning signs and what appeared to be air monitoring equipment was parked at the station entrance near Second Place.
Residents were taken by surprise. They say that no signs were ever posted in the station and that there were no notifications made or any explanations given--which certainly would have allayed fears if the work was benign in nature. (The open dumpster is another matter.) Signal work was supposed to be going on over the weekend (and the Carroll Street station was closed, one of many on the F & G lines that had no service over the weekend), so residents were especially surprised and alarmed by the asbestos dumpster and truck. Last night, City Council Member Bill de Blasio sent us an email saying he was "deeply concerned" about the situation and had contacted the MTA for an explanation. He added that it was "unacceptable that the asbestos removal occurred without the proper notification of the community" and said he was working "to get to the bottom of this." Residents had also contacted the Department of Environmental Protection on Saturday. One resident with asbestos removal experience said he was concerned that it appeared that appropriate safety measures hadn't been taken.
This email posted via the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association by resident Barbara Brookhart was typical of the reactions we heard:
Pretty outrageous that the MTA forgot to tell the community, our elected offices, and the Community Board. Wouldn't you think that the MTA should be leafleting in advance of their abatement? We all know that the answer is "no", as letting the community know in advance would be too intelligent for the caliber of bureaucrats that run the MTA. I certainly don't want to go down into the confines of the subway station tomorrow morning to get to work. Get out your gas masks!We will post any explanation that comes from the MTA about the nature of the work that was going on in the middle of the busy neighborhood.
Subway Asbestos Removal Leaves Carroll Gardens Breathless