Study finds Bronx waste transfer stations may not be as harmful as once thought

A new study finds that the 35 waste transfer stations may not be as harmful as residents and environmentalists once thought.

For years residents have complained the waste stations were responsible for making them ill. They have held rallies in an effort to have the stations removed or shut down. Just last week, advocates spoke out on how it's unfair that the Bronx is a dumping ground for the city's garbage. They feel each borough should be responsible for its own garbage.

But a new study found that neighborhoods where the waste stations are located have not been exposed to unacceptable levels of pollutants. Instead the study found that diesel engines were a problem, causing some potentially harmful particles to be released in the air.

In response to the study, sanitation officials say misting systems will be used at the stations to reduce dust during trash processing.

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