Thursday, April 23, 2009

Follow-Up: RIOC's Recycling Compliance

As I reported last Friday, State Comptroller DiNapoli’s office issued a report regarding its audit of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and its compliance with the State's recycling requirements.

Empire State News, summarized the reports findings: "[RIOC] was generally in compliance with these requirements. However, because the corporation had yet to begin compiling data on certain recycling activities, auditors found it was unlikely the corporation would be able to comply with certain new reporting requirements." That summarization may have been inaccurate.

I received the following statement today from Sylvia Giralde, RIOC’s Compliance Officer stating that:

“we [RIOC] are still awaiting reporting requirements from the Interagency Committee on Sustainability and Green Procurement, which was established to set forth such requirements.”

My earlier post characterized RIOC’s compliance as lacking per the blog post title. Ms. Giralde’s statement makes it clear that RIOC is still awaiting additional reporting requirements and that before such requirements are communicated to RIOC it would be unfair to characterize its compliance or ability to be in compliance.

My apologies to Ms. Giralde for not requesting, prior to my earlier post, for her feedback to the State report and to the Empire State News summary of the report

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