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For immediate release:
Monday, August 17, 2015
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

ENVIRONMENTALISTS CALL LONG ISLAND SOUND DREDGE MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PLAN WOEFULLY DEFICIENT

Citizens Campaign for the Environment Requests Extended Public Comment Period, Additional Hearings.

Farmingdale, NY - The Army Corps of Engineers has released its draft Dredge Material Management Plan (DMMP) and draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) addressing the disposal of dredge materials from the Long Island Sound. Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), is urging the Army Corps to extend the comment period in order to allow the public and key stakeholders time to sufficiently review the document and offer substantive comments.

“For the last decade, CCE and other stakeholders have worked to ensure the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers protect the Long Island Sound by phasing out the open-water dumping of contaminated dredge spoils. In order to properly review the draft plans and allow for valuable public comment, the comment period should be 90 days and additional hearings should be scheduled in October throughout New York and Connecticut” said Esposito.

The documents, which took 10 years to complete and total over 1,000 pages, are open for public comment until October 5th. The original comment period was slated to be 30 days, but was extended to October 5th in response to requests by CCE, joined by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, and Suffolk County Legislators Kara Hahn and Al Krupski. 

“CCE thanks the elected officials who continue to participate in this process and call for a more reasonable public comment period. The Long Island Sound is a public resource which supports a $17 billion - $36 billion regional economy annually; the residents who rely on this resource deserve the time and opportunity to weigh in on this decision” continued Esposito.

“From a preliminary review of the documents released today, it clearly seems that the plan dramatically fails to meet the agreed-upon goal to move towards environmentally-friendly reuse options and instead allows for the continued status quo of dumping dredge spoils in our Long Island Sound. After investing billions of dollars to restore the waterway, permitting continued dumping of contaminated materials in the Long Island Sound is unacceptable. And so the battle to protect the Sound continues” concluded Esposito.

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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 jchristensen  8/17/15