Dr. Leonard Greenberg

Sunday, March 27, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Gabe Pressman hosts.

Dr. Leonard Greenberg, commissioner of Air Pollution Control, answers questions.

Panelists: Martin Birmingham, Robert Feinberg, Douglas Kreiger.


The function of the Department of Air Pollution Control is to keep track of all air pollution levels. Inspectors look for smoke and fly ash, then make reports. If fuel is properly burned, you don't have waste. Waste of fuel in public transportation. A recommendation to change from diesel to propane fuel for buses. Air pollution coming in from New Jersey. Smog poisoning. Comparison between NYC's air quality and that of other cities: "we don't have anything like the intensity of the problem in Los Angeles." It's illegal to burn an apartment house incinerator after 5pm. NYC is burning less coal and more fuel oil, natural gas.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71979
Municipal archives id: LT6609


Martin Birmingham, Robert Feinberg, Leonard Greenberg, Douglas Kreiger and Gabe Pressman


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