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For immediate release:
Monday, August 13, 2012
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, (631) 384-1378, aesposito@citizenscampaign.org


The Brookhaven Community Coalition is Suing the Town of Brookhaven for Planned Landfill Expansion of 50 Feet in Height

Brookhaven, NY - On Monday, August 13, the Town of Brookhaven was served with a lawsuit for their plan to expand the height of the Town Landfill from 270 feet to 320 feet. The lawsuit was filed by Attorney Christopher Murray, Partner at the Nassau firm Ruskin Moscou, Faltischek, P.C.. Petitioners include Citizens Campaign for the Environment, The Brookhaven Community Coalition, and several residents who have been impacted by the continuous odor and dust emanating from the landfill.

On May 8, the Town Board, with the exception of Councilwoman Kepert, adopted a resolution amending its findings from 2002, and authorized a request to the DEC to expand the landfill height, and thereby extending the Landfill’s overall capacity, and useful life. This decision by the Town was made despite months of conversations with community members about mitigating impacts from the landfill, and discussions about planning for options for landfill closure, which was expected to be in 17 years.

The lawsuit is being filed because the Town did not properly follow the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA.) The original SEQRA review, undertaken in 2002 was based on the fact that the height of the landfill was set at 270 feet. The Town did not follow the requirements and did not review a SEQRA process before adopting the May 8, 2012 resolution. The lawsuit states that “No new or supplemental environmental impact statements were prepared, and no effort whatsoever was made to take a "hard look" at the impact of increasing the height of Cell 6 on the neighboring communities and the environment in general.”


Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by tbono  8/13/12