This ran in today's NY Post.
BIG WHIFF OF ANGER
By ANGELA MONTEFINISE
May 13, 2006 -- This place stinks.
That's what furious Queens residents are saying about a city sewage-treatment plant in Astoria that's been emitting an "intolerable" stench for months.
"It smells like 20 dogs took a dump in my yard," said Nick Arakas, 35, who lives two blocks from the plant. "You can't keep your windows open. You can't stay out more than a minute. I have a 3-year-old, and my wife doesn't take him outside."
The city has been aware of the problem since November, when the plant's boilers - which heat sludge and reduce odors - were destroyed in a fire.
But it has taken months to order parts and prepare for the repair, and a contractor defaulted on the project, said Charles Sturken, a spokesman for the city Department of Environmental Protection.
"How long are we supposed to wait?" asked Sandra Martin, 55, who lives near the plant. "It's been months already. "
Sturken said the boilers would be fixed in the next month.