Environmental Justice

The Mott Haven-Port Morris section of the South Bronx is a peninsula completely surrounded by highways, fossil fuel power plants, waste transfer stations, subsidized diesel truck-intensive facilities and an 850 acre significant maritime industrial area, the largest in New York City and a significant portion of which is public land.

Our local AMI is $22,471; 49% of our children live in poverty; our asthma rate is eight times the national average; and we have the lowest rates per capita of access to green space (and no waterfront access at all).

Rather than assistance and efforts to mitigate the life threatening impact of environmental injustice, our community continues to receive the fallout of windfall corporate subsidies incentivizing diesel truck-intensive business to relocate to our community (e.g., FreshDirect), renewal of permits to operate (what was supposed to be temporary) four fossil fuel power plants (New York Power Authority), increases to the capacity handled at two waste transfer stations along our waterfront, and no storm surge mitigation plan for our toxic, industry-lined, waterfront despite plans put forth by the community in collaboration with a range of universities, including MIT, UPenn, and Pratt, among others), and a New York State prioritized (but non-implemented) Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan.