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.
The New York Army National Guard's Aviation Unit led a wildfire fighting exercise this weekend in Southampton. Members from the Central Pine Barrens Commission, the New York State Forest Rangers, and local fire departments learned how to coordinate firefighting on the ground and in the air.
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas rally before a public hearing at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. A coalition of groups dedicated to keeping New York state’s 5-year-old ban on fracking in place is demanding that the DEC withdraw its proposed regulations for new liquefied natural gas facilities, citing safety concerns and other issues.
A public hearing on Wednesday over proposed regulations for the storage of Liquefied Natural Gas in New York State turned into a three-hour shouting match between supporters and opponents of the legislation. Click here to see New York's proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities regulations.