Primary Source Report-AV

  1. “Sierra Club: Meadowlands Massive Power Plant: Murphy Must Reject.”

Tittel, Jeff. “Sierra Club: Meadowlands Massive Power Plant: Murphy Must Reject.” Insider NJ, April 11, 2018. https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/sierra-club-meadowlands-massive-power-plant-murphy-must-reject/. 

This source is a press statement released by the director of Sierra Club’s New Jersey Chapter.  This source will be used to show how the priorities held by the Sierra club in the American Dream site do not take into account the way in which humans will be impacted. The perspective analyzed in this source is how the environmental impact that humans will have to deal with is secondary to the effects that the ecosystem in the Meadowlands will endure.

  1. “American Dream Mall Hurts Environment.”

Tittel, Jeff. “American Dream Mall Hurts Environment.” Sierra Club, February 16, 2018. https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey/press-releases/0341. 

This source is a press statement released by the director of Sierra Club’s New Jersey Chapter.  This source will be used to show the original grievances addressed by the Sierra Club in regards to the American Dream Mall. Specifically, how these grievances are rooted in the environmental impacts caused by the filling of the wetlands. Similarly to the previous source, the focus on this press release is the environmental impacts caused by the American Dream Mall and how it does not take into account the effects on the people of the Meadowlands. 

  1. “IN THE MATTER OF THE PROPOSED XANADU REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND THE APPROVAL OF THE JOINT HEARING OFFICERS’ REPORT BY THE NEW JERSEY MEADOWLANDS COMMISSION AND THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 5:10-23 AND OF THE SECTION 5(X) CONSULTATION REPORT BY THE NEW JERSEY MEADOWLANDS COMMISSION PUR- SUANT TO N.J.S.A. 5:10-5(X) WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED PROJECT.’”

IN THE MATTER OF THE PROPOSED XANADU REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND THE APPROVAL OF THE JOINT HEARING OFFICERS’ REPORT BY THE NEW JERSEY MEADOWLANDS COMMISSION AND THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 5:10-23 AND OF THE SECTION 5(X) CONSULTATION REPORT BY THE NEW JERSEY MEADOWLANDS COMMISSION PUR- SUANT TO N.J.S.A. 5:10-5(X) WITH RESPECT TO THE PRO- POSED PROJECT. (https://cite.case.law/pdf/3788159/In%20re%20the%20Proposed%20Xanadu%20Redevelopment%20Project,%20402%20N.J.%20Super.%20607,%20955%20A.2d%20976%20(2008).pdf September 17, 2008). 

This is a court conclusion of the 2008 lawsuit that the Sierra Club launched against American Dream. In this lawsuit, the Sierra Club brings up several issues that American Dream and NJSEA did not adequately acknowledge, such as how the increase in traffic brought on by the mall may worsen air quality. What concerns Sierra club about the air quality is its  effect on the environment of the Meadowlands, not on the health of the people that live in the area. This excerpt highlights how the Meadowlands well-being is the primary concern of Sierra Club’s lawsuit, but it is also prioritized in the legal framework. Even when discussing traffic and air quality, for the Sierra Club how American Dream’s pollution would affect the Meadowlands takes precedence over how it would affect the humans breathing in these toxic fumes.

  1. Port Authority Traffic Figures Map

Young, Elise, and Donald Moore. “New Jersey’s ‘Dream’ Mall: 40 Million People and a Traffic Nightmare.” Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg, September 3, 2019. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-03/n-j-s-dream-mall-40-million-people-and-a-traffic-nightmare.

This is  a map of some of the highways near American Dream and the daily vehicles they encounter. This puts into perspective how American Dream’s 110,000 daily visitors may overload our highway systems.  The page is able to illustrate how the mall’s 110,000 expected daily consumers will further aggravate highways that are already challenged with just 150,000 daily drivers.This influx of cars would exponentially increase automobile emissions to the area, undoubtedly affecting the environment but the health of the people living in it too.

  1. Meadowlands March For Our Lives Image

Worthington, Cassandra, and Matt Smith. “How Students Led a March to Save the Meadowlands from a Fracked Gas Plant.” Food & Water Watch, June 26, 2019. https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/how-students-led-march-save-meadowlands-fracked-gas-plant. 

This is an image of the student-led March For Our Lungs that protested a giant power plant that was set to be built in North Bergen. Students organized against this with a clear understanding that the power plant wasn’t being placed in their communities out of sheer luck, it had all to do with the demographic makeup of the Meadowlands. This source illustrates how the people and, more specifically, the youth in the Meadowlands are educated and knowledgeable about how their community is more susceptible to environmental injustices. I will be using this anecdote to suggest how the people in the Meadowlands should mobilize to get accountability on the government authorities that allowed for the mall to be built at the expense of their health.

Keywords: Class, Race, Air, Pollution, Transportation