Dear NCC Members,
The Suffolk County Health Department just released a comprehensive investigative report on compost/vegetative organic waste management facilities (VOWM). In light of the fact that the Sand Land Mine and mulching facility is seeking to expand 40 feet closer to the top of our aquifer, our source of groundwater on the East End, this report is significant. The samples analyzed in this study document a range of contaminants including 19 pesticides, multiple metals (including arsenic, manganese, cadmium, thallium and cobalt), elevated radiological detections, and a range of pharmaceutical and personal care products which can be associated with the deposition of septic waste. The study also confirmed the contamination of private wells in excess of maximum contaminant levels for several analytes (Mn, Cu, Fe, Zn) at the only test site where residences were located in close proximity to the VOWM operations. Click here to download a copy of the report. The "Recommendations" on page 95 are noteworthy.
1. Contact the NYSDEC to support the recommendations of this study: Email acting Commissioner Basil Seggos or call 518-402-8013.
2. Attend the Noyac Civic Council meeting on March 8, 7:30 PM at the Old Noyac School House. County Legislator Bridget Fleming and President of Group for the East End Bob DeLuca will discuss this report in detail.
3. Send an email to your family and friends with this information.
NOTE: The Sand Land Mine's appeal of the DEC's denial of its application to expand is nearing a trial date. The NCC Executive Committee will represent you, the community, in this judicial process.
Sag Harbor Schools Superintendent Katy Graves will speak at the Noyac Civic Council meeting in April discussing the possible purchase of the Stella Maris School building in Sag Harbor and the Proposed 2016-2017 school budget. The complete Budget Workshop Schedule may be viewedby clicking HERE.
Elena Loreto, President Noyac Civic Council
NCC members and their dues are appreciated by all. The Noyac Civic Council takes an active role in the quality of life issues of our hamlet. The NCC needs citizen volunteers to attend and report back on local meetings, help form and chair committees, facilitate outreach, etc. Please join the NCC and consider volunteering to promote the NCC's work. Just call Elena at 725-3304 to learn more.
We hope to see you at our next meeting!