In advance of Monday’s Tuckahoe Board of Trustee meeting - which lasted more than three hours - dozens attended a protest rally at Village Hall in an effort to insist on more testing and control of toxins so that the best safety plan can be formulated at the Marbledale Road location.
The proposed Marriott hotel has been a topic of much debate in Eastchester for more than a year, after pollutants were found in the soil at what was once a quarry site at 125 Marbledale Road, prompting the DEC to confirm that it is a hazardous waste dump.
As the project moves forward, residents have expressed repeated concern about the environmental safety at the site, although the DEC has approved a Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP).
“We cannot be complacent in protecting our community,” Waverly Elementary PTA co-President Sarah DeRise stated. “Our children are our most valuable citizens.”
According to the Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition in charge of Monday’s rally, the currently RAWP was approved without a proper examination of the site, with no testing being done on the surrounding three aces , only in the center of the location.
“The current RAWP does not understand and analyze the threats of the entire toxic quarry dump, locate chemical-filled drums before digging or appropriately test monitor and contain toxic soil vapors,” they said in an email blast to residents. “It does not appropriately test, monitor and analyze off-site groundwater or test and monitor for dioxin, radioactivity, pharmaceuticals and other toxic containments.”
On Tuesday, the Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition will then host a quarry dump presentation event, where they will have individual experts that have evaluated the site available beginning at 7 p.m. at Mickey Spillane’s Pub on White Plains Road.