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PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:
Monday, November 26, 2012
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, (516) 390-7150, (631) 384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

ENVIRONMENTALISTS DELIVER 18,000 SIGNATURES TO GOVERNOR CALLING FOR THE RELEASE OF THE LONG ISLAND PESTICIDE USE MANAGEMENT PLAN

Albany, NY—Citizens Campaign for the Environment is set to deliver 18,000 signatures to Governor Cuomo from Long Islanders calling on the DEC to release the decade overdue Long Island Pesticide Use Management Plan. DEC had promised to release the draft plan in a legislative hearing by June 2012. Over 25 elected officials, including Senator Skelos and Assemblyman Sweeney, have written letters to the DEC demanding the release of the draft plan. The plan has yet to be released.

A decade ago DEC embarked on a plan with the critical goal to prevent contamination of Long Island’s drinking water against pesticide contaminants. To date, there are 123 known pesticides in Long Island’s groundwater. “We need the state to free the pesticide plan they are holding hostage for over ten years. We are calling on the Governor to make protection of our drinking water a top priority and release of the draft pesticide use management plan,” stated Adrienne Esposito, executive director, “All these delays has allowed for more toxic pesticides to jeopardize the quality of our only source of drinking water.”

In one study, 834 wells were tested for pesticides. Over 50% of the wells contained at least 1 pesticide, and 40% of the wells contained more than one. In 15% of the wells, the pesticide was detected above drinking water standards.

“The statistics are alarming, and protective action needs to be taken. Holding a draft plan behind closed doors endangers public health. Releasing the plan is the first step to stopping further contamination and allowing transparency in government to be advanced.” Esposito concluded.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment has also submitted over 5,000 hand written letters to the DEC Deputy Commissioner Left and DEC Special Assistant to DEC Special Assistant Vinny Palmer.

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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  11/26/12