Illegal Dumping

Gabrielle Fonrouge

A father and son who are accused of illegally dumping hazardous debris in and around the Town of Islip have had five felony counts against them dismissed by a judge on Long Island.

NY Officals Approve Islip's Clean Up Plan

Jan 14, 2015

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has approved the town of Islip's plan to clean up 50,000 tons of toxic debris that was illegally dumped in Roberto Clemente Park in Islip last year. It was laced with asbestos, pesticides, and other toxic material.

The Long Island town's plan to clean up the park requires digging up and removing all the debris and then sampling the soil at the end to confirm the contaminants have been removed. The town will also install wells to monitor groundwater. 

Residents of the working class neighborhood of Brentwood are upset that the illegal dumping of 50 thousand tons of toxic debris on several sites on Long Island is depriving them of the use of a town park. The Town of Islip is offering a free shuttle bus to get residents to other summer activities. But some Brentwood residents say they are not satisfied.

Islip updates skeptical residents on dumping

Jun 12, 2014
Gabrielle Fonrouge

Officials on Long Island hosted a public forum Wednesday night to update residents on the illegal dumping at several Islip sites. State and local health officials were present to answer questions on potential health risks.   

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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