asbestos

Officials still evaluating health risks
5:55 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

More carcinogens found at dump sites

DA Thomas Spota detailing his investigation into five illegal dumping sites in Islip and Babylon
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said Thursday that pesticides and cancer-causing metals have been found at two of the five illegal dumping sites being investigated by local and state authorities. 

Spota said bore samples from the two sites, Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood and a vacant lot off Route 111 in Central Islip, contain the banned pesticides DDT, chlordane, and dieldrin. He also says a host of hazardous metals including arsenic and cobalt were also found. 

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Asbestos sites abut residents
7:27 am
Wed May 14, 2014

DA investigating "multiple" asbestos dumpings

A second illegal dumping site containing asbestos found in Central Islip
Credit Gabrielle Fonrouge

Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota announced Tuesday he is investigating the possibility of more illegal dumping sites in the town of Islip that may contain hazardous materials. Spota says it’s possible the new sites are connected to the dumping at Roberto Clemente Park where 32,000 tons of asbestos-laden material was dumped.   

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32,000 tons of asbestos laden waste
6:33 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Politics mount as more illegal dumping found

One of "multiple" illegal dumping sites being investigated for toxic contaminates in the town of Islip
Credit Gabrielle Fonrouge

The Long Island town of Islip said Monday that the air around Roberto Clemente park in Brentwood does not contain asbestos. Air sampling was necessary after officials found 32,000 tons of illegally dumped material there that did contain asbestos. There is now a criminal investigation underway and  the issue is also becoming political.

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