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For immediate release:
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, (516) 390-7150, (631) 384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org


The BCC is Calling on the NYS DEC to Suspend Brookhaven Town's Landfill Permit until the Landfill is in Compliance with Permit Conditions and Regulations

On Monday, October 22, the New York State DEC was sent a letter from BCC’s attorney, requesting a suspension of the Town of Brookhaven’s Landfill Permit. The request was filed by BCC attorney Christopher Murray, partner at 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, dust, and impacts emanating from the landfill.

The request is based on the failure of the Town to comply with the terms and conditions of the Landfill Permit. BCC identifies areas where the Town is exceeding the scope and limitations of the Permit, newly discovered information and changes in environmental conditions since the issuance of the Permit, and the Town’s failure to comply with provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law and regulations.

Some of the violations of the permit identified by BCC include:
- Inaccurate reporting of the content and amounts of material disposed of at the landfill
- A workface that exceeds the maximum permitted width of 200 feet
- Not preventing the escape of dirt and debris, and failing to clean site roads on a weekly basis
- Failing to accurately report the disposal of sludge and asbestos at the landfill
- Exceeding the maximum height of 270 feet
- Failing to properly maintain leachate systems to prevent groundwater contamination
- Failure to establish financial estimates and assurances for the closure and post-closure of the facility.


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  10/24/12