NEW YORK RAIL CARS FOR NEW YORK WATERS
New York Rail-Cars for New
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Coalition Letter to United States Steel Corporation - 4/05/02
|March 18th, 2002
Re: New York Rail Cars for New York Waters
The Honorable George E. Pataki
The "New York Rail Cars for New York Waters Coalition" membership consists of 25 New York organizations representing over 600 New York businesses and 800,000 New York boaters, divers and fishermen. We are writing to request your support for the placement of obsolete stainless steel Long Island Railroad cars on approved reef sites in New York Waters (see attachment A). The recycling of these railroad cars into artificial reefs will greatly enhance our marine environment by creating new habitat for marine life and pump millions of dollars into the local economy, while meeting all health and safety standards.
Improving our marine environment
Adding millions to our economy
Presently, other states such as Delaware, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia have placed or agreed to accept cars for their enhancement of reef sites. The rail cars used by these states originate and are transported from New York with all costs ($1.26 million) being borne by New York taxpayers. Not only are we paying for these costs, we are also missing out on Federal funding given to other states such as Delaware - $3.8 million (see attachment C). The people of New York are paying for the economic benefits being realized by these other states. In these times, New York cannot afford to lose out on this revenue generator for our local communities.
Meeting Health and safety Standards
Mr. William Muir, lead investigator for the U.S. EPA has addressed these concerns and approved as safe the use of these recycled railroad cars for placement on artificial reefs (see attachment D).
We look forward to your support and thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We await a timely and favorable response regarding this project. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. As always, we appreciate your time in evaluating our request.
New York Fishing Tackle Trades Association - 300 businesses, affiliates and families
New York Marine Trades Association - 200 businesses, 400,000 boaters