As the state’s budget seems to be moving forward, here’s some more good news out of Albany: the Senate and Assembly have managed to come together on the issue of nuclear waste near schools. They’re against it!
The Brooklyn Paper reports that the Senate and Assembly have passed a bill that would make it illegal to run a hazardous waste facility within 1,500 feet of a school. The bill targets Radiac Research and Environmental Sciences, which operates just a block away from Williamsburg’s P.S. 84. You’d never guess it from its nondescript exterior, but Radiac handles and ships low-level radioactive waste, mostly from hospitals, and has been a headache for Brooklyn environmentalists for the past 20 years.
Williamsburg Assemblyman Joe Lentol sponsored the bill and in a press release stated his somewhat obvious oppositon:
No one wants to live next to a dump, let alone one that contains radioactive waste. It is only common sense that my constituents be safeguarded against potential health hazards that are completely avoidable. It is appalling that the students in this community are going to school next to radioactive waste, if the Governor signs this legislation it will be a real victory for the environment for health, for safety and for our children.
Since 2005, the site has served as a transfer station rather than a storage facility, but the Justice Department recently noted that Radiac may still be a target for terrorists. Whatever the motivation, the bill theoretically means less radiation for kids, which Albany thankfully supports. Also spared: the hipsters at local hotspot Glasslands Gallery. Though it’s safe to guess that they’re not mentioned in the legislation