November 15, 2013 – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is making additional information on contaminated sites available to the public on its website. They have added ~1,950 contaminated sites statewide, that were previously not available to look-up and were not easily accessible to the public.
Making this information public allows people and local municipalities an opportunity to understand the location and extent of sites which contain potentially hazardous conditions associated with groundwater and soil contamination. These sites while in neighborhoods throughout New York State, and known to the DEC, were mostly unknown to the public until now. In the past, the DEC provided information on ~2500 other contaminated sites in its database, but did not share information on these ~1950 contaminated sites because they had different classification statuses.
Group for the East End has long called for increased awareness, transparency, and access to sites the DEC has been investigating but hasn’t made public. “We believe the earlier the public and municipalities are knowledgeable about contamination, the more capable we all are of making informed decisions about protecting ourselves and the environment,” said Jenn Hartnagel of Group for the East End.
Group for the East End and Assemblyman Fred Thiele had been working on a state bill for the past three years that would have required the posting of these sites to the DEC’s online registry. “We applaud the DEC for taking this important step,” said Assemblyman Fred Thiele, “improving transparency and providing this information to the public will benefit our community and our local environment.”
To view the newly listed contaminated sites please visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3 or search “New York State DEC Environmental Site Remediation Database Search.”
Jennifer Skilbred, Senior Environmental Advocate
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