KEN PATRICK wrote:who will pay to properly dispose of the 5600 tons of wet msw piled up in the building?
Don't know, but looks like it is being disposed of now, at least the stuff inside the green transfer structure.
Coming back from out east, passed by the site today. Demolition crews were busy disassembling the structure, and I believe the debris were being loaded into trucks. Half the transfer structure had been torn down already, and they were working on scrapping the roof when I passed by after lunch time. I passed at least one loaded dump body truck/trailer lettered for "Salvage" (not sure what company) as I drove up Emjay Blvd. The FD had a truck stationed there (I guess to handle hot spot flare-ups as they dig thru the debris) and the town had a mobile command center truck (expansion bay and antenna extended). I couldn't get a true count without trespassing (which wasn't going to happen), but there seemed to be several backhoe and diggers in operation on site.
I could see (thru the south end front entrance from Emjay*) several MSW containers on flat-cars in back - don't think I saw gondolas from that angle.
The sign by the front entrance stated the site was "Island Rail Terminal".
So, summing everything up
Emjay Environment build a reasonably sizable enclosed facility in 2006 or so (less than 10 years ago). Even better, it had inside rail loading only (judging from Bing aerial views -also, some views show NY&A switching the sidings).
Emjay seemed to have generated a fair amount of rail traffic for NY&A, judging from the number of railcars.
Emjay went of business in 2009 (any reason? shipping MSW seems to be a business with continued need, although I understand the loss of some C&D traffic at that time due to the housing downturn)
Island Rail Terminal (IRT) takes over the site, at some point, but doesn't use rail (ironic naming). There was a post from Feb 2013 that IRT was going to soon start use of rail again, but according to that letter I found they not only didn't plan to use rail, but wanted to get rid of the rail-cars behind the property. Did those rail-cars simply sit loaded and idle at that site for 3 or more years?
So...what did I miss in the summary?
*Looking at Bing, the Island Rail Terminal site seems to have only 1 entrance - the Firetruck and Fire Marshal's car was parked in the driveway of the business to the North of IRT