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Fresh Kills Landfill Closure Agreement


See: fresh kills: from landfill to parkland (pdf) leaving NYCWasteLess at DSNY, fresh kills park leaving NYCWasteLess at NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation, fresh kills park project leaving NYCWasteLess at NYC Dept of City Planning

Law: Laws of NY State leaving NYCWasteLess (Search for Environmental Conservation Law (ENV), Article 56, Title 4, Section 56-0407: Fresh Kills landfill closure project)

Regulations: NY Codes, Rules and Regulations leaving NYCWasteLess (Search for Title 6, Chapter IV, Subpart 360-9: State Assistance and Loans For Municipal Landfill Closure Projects) Regulations also posted at NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation leaving NYCWasteLess

Summary: In 1996, NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and NY State Governor George Pataki signed an agreement to close the Fresh Kills Landfill by December 31, 2001. By Consent Order agreement between DSNY and NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation, the landfill was reopened temporarily to accept debris from the World Trade Center site after the September 11th, 2001 tragedy. With the conclusion of World Trade Center recovery operations, efforts are focused on design and construction of closure and capping of the landfill and the development of an end use plan. The closure of Fresh Kills Landfill marks the end of solid waste disposal operations within New York City limits.

The Fresh Kills Closure Construction and End Use is described in Attachment X of the City's Solid Waste Management Plan leaving NYCWasteLess, which details how NYC will manage its solid waste for the next twenty years. Multiple local and state agencies are involved in the fresh kills landfill closure and end use including DSNY, NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation, NYC Dept of City Planning, NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation, and NY State Dept of State, Division of Coastal Resources.

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