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Source: News 12 Long Island

Toxic waste site located in New Hyde Park

Posted: July 14, 2014
Originally Published: July 9, 2014

NEW HYDE PARK - Another toxic waste site has been discovered near a school, park and well field for the Water Authority of Western Nassau in New Hyde Park.

Currently being used as a lumber yard, the former ZOE chemical site on Falmouth Avenue has been added to the state’s Superfund list.

According to state environmental officials, the site poses a "significant threat to public health and the environment."

Near to the site are New Hyde Park Memorial High School, athletic fields and Michael J. Tully Park.

Contaminants include pesticides, industrial solvents and mercury.

Environmental activist Adrienne Esposito says the contaminants are potential cancer-causing agents and the pesticides were banned because they damage kidneys, the immune systems and can cause birth defects.

Even though a public notice from the state Department of Environmental Conservation is dated June 26, none of the employees that spoke to News 12 from nearby businesses had any idea about the contamination. That includes workers at the contaminated site.

The DEC has said the site will be cleaned up, but so far there is no word on when that will happen.

In a letter to News 12, a spokesperson from the DEC says, “Because the community is served by a public water supply, their drinking water is safe. Soil contamination is below the surface and covered by concrete or asphalt, so people should not be exposed to chemical contaminants.”

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