Our friends over at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shared with us their report that shows that just 1% of New York City's buildings, those burning the dirtiest grades of heating oil, are responsible for 87% of the city's heating oil soot pollution. Go ahead, check it out...
About 9,000 buildings, many in the city's wealthiest neighborhoods, use this unrefined sludge. The Flatiron Building (5th Avenue and 23rd St.) and The Dakota (Central Park West at 72nd St.) are among a number of iconic structures that burn it.
Switching to No. 2 heating oil or natural gas can cut soot pollution by 95% and saves lives.
- The report can be found here (it's a PDF) - http://www.edf.org/documents/
- You can use this map to find out if your building is burning the dirty heating oil - http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?
- And lastly, here is an action alert urging Mayor Bloomberg to support switching to cleaner burning fuels- https://secure2.edf.org/site/