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  • Emergency Heating Truck W.22nd

    In the middle of the block on 22nd St between 8/9th aves, there has been an emergency heating truck parked and used for over two months for a building being renovated. The truck actually has a fence around it and some type of pipe over the sidewalk to provide oil heat for the building.

    Every week the truck leaks oil and spills into the gutter.

    There have been fire trucks to the building a number of times and I know a number of neighbors including myself have call 311 and yet nothing is happening.
    Why is this landlord allowed to continue using this emergency truck? The neighbors adjacent to the building have to also put up with the constant fumes.
    The truck owners say it's not their problem as the truck doesn't leak, the spills happen when the truck is refilled with fuel. (a different company)

    Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Re: Emergency Heating Truck W.22nd

    Hey Bob... interesting story. You should take a picture and post it here. I love the way nothing is ever anybody's fault! I would think the leaking of oil must be a serious violation of some environmental regulations. Have you asked 311 how to get in touch with the environmental agencies? Other than that, they probably have a permit to be there as long as they need to be.

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    • #3
      Re: Emergency Heating Truck W.22nd

      Thanks. Good idea.
      I also called the 13th precient community officer today.



      Other photos at
      http://picasaweb.google.com/W.22ndSt...ngTruckW22ndSt

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      • #4
        Re: Emergency Heating Truck W.22nd

        You might also want to call Chelsea Now, The Chelsea-Clinton News, The Villager, etc. And also call Christine Quinn's office.

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        • #5
          Re: Emergency Heating Truck W.22nd

          I did notify Chelsea Now. Thanks for the advice.

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          • #6
            Re: Emergency Heating Truck W.22nd

            Chelsea Now has been very responsive in trying to solve this problem.

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            • #7
              Re: Emergency Heating Truck W.22nd

              CONGRATULATIONS, BOB! The new issue of "Chelsea Now (March 7 - 13) has an article about this, though I haven't read it yet. Good Community Work there, Bob!

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              • #8
                Re: Emergency Heating Truck W.22nd

                There was a film crew doing a story on it Thursday, Friday the truck was gone but this morning it's back. ????

                http://www.chelseanow.com/cn_76/squeaky22nd.html

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                • #9
                  Re: Emergency Heating Truck W.22nd

                  I contacted Chelsea Now again to advise the truck is back.
                  The sanitation is fining the owner whenever oil spills so please call 311 and advise the sanitation dept. needs to clean up the spill and issue a summons.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Emergency Heating Truck W.22nd

                    While I agree completely with this approach, the owner probably just considers the fines (if they're even paid - eventually) and any associated hassles a "cost-of-doing-business" that's somehow deductable and will help in getting tax abatements or other rewards. Not that I'm cynical or anything...

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