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Environmental activists are calling for a crackdown on large e-commerce warehouses that have shot up since the pandemic caused a rise in online shopping. A proposal that is being pushed in City Hall would make it much harder for these buildings to pop up around New York City neighborhoods.

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According to Earthjustice, who is representing the coalition, the last-mile trucking facilities do not undergo any public review process or environmental review.

The Last-Mile Coalition submitted a proposal to amend the city’s zoning rules. The amendments would mean that there would finally be regulations for facilities that are 50,000 square feet or bigger. This would also ban warehouses within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, nursing homes, public housing buildings, or any other such warehouses.

To even build a warehouse, a special permit would be required with review from the city transportation and environmental protection agencies to make sure that they will not impact nearby traffic, pedestrian and road safety, or air pollution. Facilities that are along the water would be required to have 80 percent of deliveries in and out of the buildings arrive by water.

The Last-Mile Coalition members say that many of the new e-commerce warehouses are in communities of color and low-income communities that are already disproportionately affected by things like air Pollution, traffic, noise pollution, etc.

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