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MEDIA ADVISORY

For immediate release:
Monday, August 24, 2015
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

LONG ISLAND SOUND IS NOT A LANDFILL! ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND CIVIC LEADERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST FEDERAL PLAN TO DUMP DREDGE MATERIALS IN LONG ISLAND SOUND

The Army Corps of Engineers hold the first public hearing to discuss their scheme to continue to use Long Island Sound as a dumping ground for 30 years

Port Jefferson – the US Army Corps of Engineers has released a long awaited Dredge Material Management Plan (DMMP) which seeks to renew the designation of four sites in the Long Island Sound as disposal sites for 30 years. Environmentalists led a bi state campaign in NY and CT against this plan ten years ago, when it was eventually denied by New York State.

The DMMP was mandated from NY, CT, and the EPA, to create a blueprint to phase out open water dumping in LI Sound and provide guidance and tools for a robust beneficial re-use program. Instead this document is a long term plan to continue using our LI Sound as a dumpster. The DMMP does not fulfill the mandate set forth in the agreement signed in 2004. Environmentalists speak out against the Army Corps’ rationale that it’s too expensive to protect the LI Sound and will discuss toxic dredge materials, beneficial reuse options, grave deficiencies in the environmental study including nitrogen loading and more.

When:    Monday, August 24, 2015

Time:      5:00 Press Event (public hearing starts at 6:00

Where:   Port Jefferson Village Center
                101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Who:      Citizens Campaign for the Environment
                North Fork Environmental Council
               Concerned Citizens of Montauk
               Wading River Civic Association 

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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  8/24/15