I am busy, busy today, but this came up in my daily internet rounds, so I thought I would repost it here for you Greenpointers to read. From WNYC:

NEW YORK, NY December 02, 2009 —The nation’s largest biofuel production facility is coming to Brooklyn next spring. Metro Fuel, based in Greenpoint, says its plant on Newtown Creek will go on line in March, converting various waste products into renewable fuel. Queens councilman James Gennaro, who chairs the committee on environmental protection, says Metro Fuel’s work will help his efforts to create a new mandate for home heating. “There would be biofuels blended with standard heating oil, making it a lot cleaner, a lot better for the environment, and not any more costly,” Gennaro says.
This goal is shared by the Bloomberg administration, which has made introducing biofuel into the city’s truck fleet part of the PlaNYC program.
Environmentalists and public health experts at the Metro site say those policy changes and more biodiesel facilities like Metro’s would help the city bring down its rates of asthma and diabetes.
This is interesting news! As you may already know, Newtown Creek is now a Superfund Site, so hopefully our neighborhood’s outlook just keeps getting cleaner and cleaner.

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  1. Hi my name is Amy, and I work for Assemblyman Joe Lentol, who represents Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Fort Greene. Actually, Newtown Creek has been designated a potential superfund site by the EPA but is a long ways off from getting the real superfund designation. Obviously this kind of designation would bring much needed funding to the clean up process and be a huge victory for the environment in our neighborhood. However, there are many many important issues that need to be considered along the way. For example, the city is saying that this may affect when or even if affordable housing and open space that has already been promised to the community during the Mayor's rezoning, will actually happen. There is a public meeting next Tuesday, December 8th at 6 pm at Automotive High School to discuss the potential listing of Newtown Creek as a Superfund site and all of the issues that go along with it. Assemblyman Lentol and I would like to encourage anyone and everyone who lives in Greenpoint or Williamsburg to attend this meeting. The more informed and active we are as a community the better protected and the more proactive we can be during this important process. We hope to see you there!!!

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