CCE has been a leading member organization in the Brookhaven Community Coalition (BCC) for over a year. BCC was formed in March 2011 to stop large quantities of sewage sludge from being disposed of at the Brookhaven Town Landfill. Odors from the sludge seriously degraded the quality of life and threatened public health in the community. After overwhelming public opposition organized by the BCC, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) terminated the town’s sludge permits. Since this victory, the BCC has expanded the scope of our mission and continues to work on Landfill issues as well as working to enclose the Long Island Compost (LIC) facility. The BCC is currently challenging the legality of the Towns proposal to expand the height of the landfill another 50 feet.
Dust and odors emanating from the LIC have affected the health and ability of residents to enjoy a normal life in their homes, which are constantly plagued by odors, dust and noise. After months of research, community organizing and implementing a political strategy, the DEC revoked the variance that allowed LIC to operate without being enclosed. The owners of LIC have since appealed the DEC’s decision and the case is now in front of a DEC Administrative Law Judge in Albany. BCC Executive Board went to Albany to meet with DEC officials to discuss this matter. The decision is pending.
Brookhaven Community Coalition Partners
Affiliated Brookhaven Civic Organizations
Atlantic Point Apartments
Bellport Teachers Assistants & Associates
Bellport Chamber of Commerce
Bellport Teachers Association
Brookhaven Fire Department
Brookhaven Fire District
Brookhaven Free Library
Brookhaven Industrial Group
Brookhaven Village Association
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Fire Place History Club
Friends of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
Greater Bellport Coalition
The Longwood Alliance
Manor Park Civic Association
Medford Taxpayers & Civic Association, Inc.
Overton Preserve Coalition
Post Morrow Foundation, Inc.
South Country Ambulance Company
South Country Board of Education
South Country C.S.E.A.
South Country Community Conference
South Haven Civic Association, Inc.
South Yaphank Civic Association
Sungate Homeowners Association
Yaphank Fire Department
Yaphank Taxpayers & Civic Association, Inc.
Watch this Youtube video on Long Island Compost, posted by a community member:
Updated by tbono 7/20/12