Sylvan L. Hanauer

Thursday, October 18, 1956

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

Hanauer, Deputy Commissioner of Air Pollution Control of the City of New York, answers questions.

Moderated by Marvin Sleeper.

Panelists: Paulette Singer, Larry Lipsitz, and Flo Casey


Since 1946, the amount of solid material in the air has dropped 50%. The most obnoxious pollutant is a matter of personal taste. Industrial pollution is not measured separately from the rest of the city. Correct each observable condition. The entire staff of the department is approximately 100 people. Requested more inspectors from the budget. Influence of New Jersey on New York City air. Interstate Sanitation Commission should be taking measurements in New Jersey itself. Cooperative arrangement with the Department of Health to alert the Air Pollution Department if there are any reports of sickness. Housemakers need to make sure their furnaces are properly adjusted and not burn leaves. Superintendents should watch incinerators and oil burners. Car drivers must make sure no smoke comes out of the exhaust. NYC's problem is simpler than LA's.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72294
Municipal archives id: LT7388


Flo Casey, Sylvan L. Hanauer, Larry Lipsitz, Paulette Singer and Marvin Sleeper


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