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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Thursday, February 6, 2014
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

ENVIRONMENTALISTS HAIL DEC AND THE PUBLIC FOR BEING VIGILANT IN PROTECTING LI WATERS FROM ILLEGAL PESTICIDES SOLD AT COSTCO

Statement from CCE Executive Director, Adrienne Esposito

CCE applauds this strategic action by the DEC for removing the illegal pesticides and issuing a fine to COSTCO. Protecting our drinking water from toxic contamination needs to be given the highest priority. Businesses need to become partners in protecting our waters and not conduct business in an unlawful and irresponsible manner.


CCE wants to commend the member of the public who actions led to the removal of this banned product. Public awareness and engagement is crucial to protecting our water resources. Their willingness to speak up and take action has truly made a difference!


The $60,000 fine should be placed in a new fund to be used in advancing a clean water agenda for Long Island’s aquifer. It could be used for filtration of storm water, monitoring for toxic tides, safe disposal options for pharmaceutical drugs, testing private wells, or educating the public on organic lawn and garden care. 

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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 bsmith  2/6/14