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NY1 For You: College Point Residents Want Noise Pollution Hauled Away

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Residents in one section of College Point, Queens are desperate for some peace and quiet. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

At 4 a.m., the blaring beeping of backing up trucks is a rude awakening to residents living near the intersection of 14th Avenue and 130th Street in College Point, Queens.

"The kids are waking up and they say, 'Daddy we cannot sleep.' And I close the windows. It still doesn't help," says resident Turan Ates.

And it's not just the early rumblings of the trucks coming and going from TNP Trucking Company that have residents up in arms.

"The trucks are revving up all hours of the day and night and you just cannot sleep. It's as noisy as listening to this truck that just passed by," says resident Faneeza Alie.

Those living next to the trucking company claim the trucks idle for 30 minutes at a time creating a ton of noise and pollution. Residents says they've made countless complaint to the city, to no avail.

"The DEP, we calling them and they say they coming here, they can't find anything. I mean I can give you proof every time that they are idling," says Ates.

When NY1 called DEP, a spokesman told the station since 2011 there have been 86 complaints about the location. Seventy inspections were conducted there but no violations were issued since, according to the spokesman, no trucks were documented idling more than three minutes.

Still, neighbors say they have the time stamped video to prove the trucks are idling. NY1 called TNP Trucking Company but they had no comment. In the meantime, residents are pleading for the city to assist them with this serious quality of life issue.

"We just don't want them to be idling there. Don't idle. We're not telling them they have to close their business but please don't idle," says Alie.

"We don't deserve this kind of life. We got families the kids and everybody's living in this block. We respecting everybody's business but we want them to respect our life," says Ates.

NY1 will continue to follow the story.

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