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Letter To The Editor: Bronxville Residents Concerned About Hotel Site

This is the proposed location for a Marriott on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe.
This is the proposed location for a Marriott on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastchester Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Send signed letters to Eastchester@dailyvoice.com .

To the editor,

When reading your April 6 article, “Eastchester Expresses Concerns About Contaminants At Proposed Hotel Site,” I noticed that a few significant concerns still worrying residents in Tuckahoe and Bronxville were excluded.

The first is that the groundwater on the site is highly contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals and heavy metals, including lead 1000x the established safety level.

The second is that the groundwater flows south from the Marbledale Road quarry, passes under The Bronxville School, then empties into the Bronx River.

Therefore, there is a strong concern that Bronxville’s groundwater may be contaminated by the toxins at the Marbledale quarry. If this is the case, whenever there is flooding (as happens frequently at The Bronxville School), the groundwater rises to the surface and deposits toxins onto the topsoil and grass where our children play.

The chemicals then vaporize and pollute the air we breathe. Additionally, groundwater gets absorbed into building foundations, from which the chemicals vaporize indoors.

The third concern is that, so far, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has no plans to require clean up of the contaminated groundwater. The current remediation proposal only requires capping and venting.

Contrary to the information in the April 6 article, there is no requirement for a “massive excavation of the contaminated soil.” Furthermore, the plan is directed only to the portion of the Marbledale Road quarry site on which the hotel complex would be situated (about 1/5 of the old quarry), leaving the remaining major portion untouched.

The toxic groundwater issuing from the Marbledale Road quarry is a concern not only for the Tuckahoe residents who live near it, but for “downstream” Bronxville residents, too, and for anyone who cares about the Bronx River.

We need the DEC to immediately and thoroughly evaluate the vapors and groundwater on the entire Marbledale Road quarry site and at points off-site, such as in Bronxville.

Individuals may express their concerns at the DEC public hearing on April 14 at 7 p.m. at Tuckahoe Village Hall, 65 Main St., Tuckahoe, or by sending a letter.

Send letters referring to DEC site code C360143 to: Randy Whitcher, Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Environmental Remediation 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7020 New York State Senator George Latimer, 615 Legislative Office building, Albany, NY 102247

The public comment period ends April 24.

For more information, go to https:/sierraclub.org/atlantic/lower-hudson under the Tuckahoe's Toxic Trench tab.

Gretchen Pingel

Bronxville

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