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Source: News 12 Long Island

Activists: Nassau must stop polluting Reynolds Channel

Posted: November 24, 2010
Originally Published: November 23, 2010

LONG BEACH - Environmental activists came together today to demand answers about a sewage-treatment plant operated by Nassau County that may be polluting a Long Beach bay.

Jim Hangley, who lives on West Bay Drive in Long Beach, says fishing and swimming have long been a part of his life, but all that changed in March, when he says a long streak of sludge first appeared in the channel.

Nassau County had previously recognized that the sludge may be coming from its Bay Park Waste Treatment Facility.

Some environmentalists say the dumping would have stopped by now if the state Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) had taken a tougher stance.

"The DEC should enforce the law and fine the county," says Adrienne Esposito, of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. "That would give the incentive to fix the problem."

However, Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), who is leading the charge to clean up Reynolds Channel, says fining the county for its violations would ultimately hurt taxpayers.

Nassau County said in a statement today that it hopes to have the pollution situation stabilized by late January. The DEC says if it doesn't happen, the county will face heavy penalties.