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50,000 tons of toxin-laced debris to be removed from Long Island park

Posted at 1:12 PM, Sep 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-24 13:13:40-04

ISLIP, N.Y. (PIX11) — A Long Island park filled with toxic waste is scheduled to begin cleanup Wednesday, officials said.

Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood has approximately 50,000 tons of toxin-laced debris due to illegal dumping. Asbestos, lead, copper, zinc and cobalt have all been detected in the debris, reported Newsday.

The estimated $6 million cleanup will begin with monitoring the area’s groundwater through three test wells. Groundwater samples will be screened for pesticides, herbicides and other toxins until Oct. 10.

After water testing is complete, officials hope to begin physically removing the waste. However, they are still waiting for the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s approval of the town’s 250-page remediation plan submitted Sept. 5, reported Newsday.

Long Island residents demanded more transparency and input into the cleanup at a town hall meeting Tuesday night, 7Online reported.