Department of Environmental Conservation

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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Fighting fire from ground and air
12:08 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Wildfire training in the Pine Barrens with helicopters

A blackhawk helicopter dropping water over the Pine Barrens in a training exercise
Credit Handout

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.   

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Government
6:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

NY proposes swan hunt and capture

Native to Europe the mute swan has been labeled a pest on the East Coast targeted for eradication.
Credit AP

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation issued a draft wildlife management proposal Thursday that calls for reducing the number of "mute swans" in the state. 

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Liquified Natural Gas
8:55 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Public hearing on LNG storage in NY turns into shouting match

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.
Credit AP/Mike Groll

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.

  

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