30 Lenox Street New Haven, CT 06513, USA - Fair Haven Heights
"The smell will drive you crazy..."
Uretek, a polyurethane manufacturing factory that is surrounded by residential homes and schools, consistently produces noxious chemical smells - especially at night. Driving or walking by, the foul odor can be overwhelming, and even blocks away, the fumes invade. The potential "danger" of these emissions is a serious concern, compounded by the billowing black smoke recently seen billowing from the factory, as well as the company's disturbing history of air pollution.
“’The smell would drive you crazy,’ said Louis Lopez, a 44-year-old mechanic who has worked for Uretek since 1984.” In December 1986, The New York Times covered a controversial employee strike at Uretek Inc. Uretek workers walked off the job due to health and safety concerns, specifically regarding the solvent dimethylformamide, or DMF, which is used at the plant. They claimed that fumes sickened half of the 66 workers at the plant. Later, testing by Yale confirmed the damage: 36 of the tested employees had ''significant liver-function abnormalities,'' and ten were diagnosed with toxic hepatitis, findings that, according to the doctor, were ''overwhelmingly'' linked to DMF*
The workers’ health problems in 1986 were “not the first time that Uretek has been accused of wrongdoing,” according to the Times article. In 1984, the Uretek vice president John Andrews was convicted on felony charges of illegally storing and disposing of hazardous waste – making it “the first time a corporation in Connecticut had been convicted of such a criminal offense in a trial.”
The article also noted that Uretek has been cited by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection on air pollution.
Although this was many years ago, Uretek's emissions and its potential impact on the environment and people remain a very significant concern.
The DEP was notified a few years back (when the odors seemed particularly strong and noxious even blocks away). Despite Uretek’s pollution history, DEP’s response seemed disinterested. As far as we know, no air quality testing was conducted, nor any follow-up.
A health issue as serious and dangerous as this requires more than discussions or assurances from factory management. It would seem logical and imperative that thorough air quality testing be conducted (especially after hours/at night when the odors are often strongest) and that the results be made publicly available.
Does DEP receive notification of SeeClickFix concerns?
375 Quinnipiac Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - Fair Haven Heights
I am writing on behalf of several concerned parents from the Elm City Montessori School. This is a new public school in New Haven with more than 100 students ages 3-8 years old who attend school 5 days a week between 7:30AM and 5:30PM.
Unfortunately, there are absolutely NO STREET SIGNS indicating that this is a school zone. There are no signs posting a reduced speed limit. There are no flashing lights for the school crossing.
I really hope that we don't have to wait for something bad to happen before the city is willing to take action on this vitally important item regarding the basic safety of our young children. Please take immediate action!!!
195 Lenox Street New Haven, Connecticut - Fair Haven HeightsThere are 3 abandoned cars in my parking lot with no plates on them that have been there for months and I have no where to park my car... I pay for a spot that I can't use because of these cars can someone please have them moved
Lets all call public works tomorrow 203 946-7700. There is a strong possibility if you dial *67 then the number your number will be blocked from their caller ID so you can do it anonymously. Something has to be done to stop a few from making this neighborhood look like a dump. This will be a fine place to start. I think this address is a 4 unit condo
196 Lexington Ave New Haven, Connecticut - Fair Haven HeightsCouch is still in front of 196 Lexington Ave. I was told by Public Works that when you see something like this you should first call police because they have do a report. I was not answered when I asked what happens if you don't. So here we are living in a city with a major crime problem but we have to waste the polices' time with issues like this.
Things like this makes you want to get out of New Haven. At times it seems the city does not care. Are they reading these posts
195 Lenox Ave New Haven, Connecticut - Fair Haven HeightsOur apartment has no heat at all
Windows are very leaky and have no been fixed as promised
The tenants downstair have cockroaches and the landlord will not get an exterminator to deal with the issue
steps into apartment are broken
We have a 2 month old baby and we use an electric heater to keep him warm, getting worried about the colder weather
190 Lenox Street New Haven, CT 06513, USA - Fair Haven HeightsOverflowing trash in recycling bin. Public Works obviously won't pick it up. It's been sitting out there for two weeks. Neighbors have had conversations with the tenants. The landlord needs to do something about this.