Here it is, January, 2019, and the contamination found in our aquifer is not being addressed by both the DEC and Town of Southampton. The Suffolk County Health Department determined in its June 29, 2018 report that the heavy metals, radioactive chemicals, carcinogens and pesticides contaminating our sole-source aquifer is a result of the operations at the Sand Land Mine. This aquifer, located beneath the Mine, is the water source for all of us on the East End. This is the water supply for those who have well water and those who obtain water from the Suffolk County Water Authority.
DEC Administrative Law Judge James McClymonds ruled on Dec. 10, 2018 that Sand Land's motion to renew and re-argue its application to expand the mine is denied. However, the DEC did give the Mine a 60 day extension to file its appeal. What about the contamination problem? So why is the DEC not doing anything to force the Mine to clean up the aquifer?
Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman stated in his July 18, 2018 letter to the DEC that new mining is prohibited by the Town Code. (The size of the mine’s expansion application constitutes a new mine according to the DEC.) The Supervisor’s letter made progress, however, to date, no one is addressing the urgency of contamination found in our water supply. Does the contamination in the aquifer have to be declared a Super Fund Clean-Up site before the DEC and Southampton Town Council take a more active interest?
The Town of Southampton has been waiting for the judicial branch to sign an injunction for two years. I implore the Town Council to contact the Governor and the DEC to address this contamination issue, and support Assemblyman Fred Thiele who has been in championing this issue.
Elena Loreto, President Noyac Civic Council
Contaminants have been found in our aquifer, our source of water for the East End. Lead, arsenic, excessive manganese, cobalt and radio-nuclei are among the contaminants found in our aquifer. These contaminants have been associated with major health problems for adults and children. The aquifer lies below the Sand Land Mine a vegetative and construction operation that no longer has sand to mine. The Mine, located on Middle line Highway between Noyac and Bridgehampton, has applied to expand despite opposition from the Town of Southampton, Group for the East End, the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the Noyac Civic Council, the Bridgehampton CAC, private citizens and other local groups. It took 2 years and a court order to get Sand Land to allow the Health Department to install monitoring wells.
Now that contaminants have been found in the aquifer, it is paramount that private wells be tested. Here is a letter that I sent to the Suffolk County Commissioner of Health following the release of the raw data for the water tests conducted by the Health Department from the test wells at the Sand Land Mine. It is time that our members contact our elected and appointed officials to end the processing of vegetative waste above our sole-source aquifer until the extent of the contamination is known. and encourage the DEC to reject any expansion of the Sand Land Mine.
Dear Dr. Tomarken, Suffolk County Health Commissioner,
You are probably aware that the raw data from the test wells at the Sand Land Mine indicate that contaminants have seeped into the sole source aquifer. This is our water supply on the East End. Heavy metals, toxins, and other chemicals were found in the water tests. For example, manganese was detected at 87 times the drinking water standard. Excessive manganese and cobalt have been linked to developmental delays in children, along with tremors, lethargy, and mental disturbances in both children and adults. In light of these findings concluded by Dr. Stuart Cohen of CGWP Environmental and Turf Services, the Noyac Civic Council implore the Suffolk County Health Department to test the private wells down gradient of the contamination NOW and that the tests should be performed free of charge. This is a major public health issue that cannot wait for another two months until the Health Department writes its final report. The health of our Noyac and Bridgehampton residents cannot wait another day. This health threat has been ignored and minimized for too long. Please act now.
I am awaiting your reply.
Elena Loreto, President Noyac Civic Council
If you agree with the arguments in this letter, please contact these elected and appointed officials:
County Executive Steve Bellone, 631-853-4000, email@example.com
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 518-474-8390, or visit govenor.ny.gov to send an email.
DEC firstname.lastname@example.org or Region 1 Director Carrie Gallagher (631) 444-0345
Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr.James Tomarken, James.Tomarken@suffolkcountyny.gov
Released June 20, 2018: Please read Suffolk County Dept of Health Services Final Report on Investigation of Potential Impacts to Groundwater at Wainscott Sand & Gravel/Sand Land Facility 585 Middle Line Highway, Noyack, N.Y.
October 21, 2017
The NCC is pleased to announce that the Suffolk County Health Department has finished installing test wells at the Sand Land Mine to monitor the magnitude and extent of any possible contamination of our groundwater beneath the mine. Water tests done in May 2015 on the property found alarming levels of contaminants and carcinogens, including Chlordane, DEET, pesticides and radio nuclides in pools of water. NY Supreme Court Judge Joseph Santorelli ruled that Sand Land had to give full access to the SCHS department.
The Supreme Court decision follows over two years of obstruction by the owners of Sand Land to prevent water testing and allow access by health officials. Sand Land processes vegetative waste and construction and demolition debris.
Because of the involvement of the Noyac Civic Council, this crucial monitoring of our ground water has been accomplished. Thank you to all our members who contacted our Town, County, NY State and appointed officials who acted to protect our groundwater. This sole source aquifer is the water supply to all of us on the East End, including those who have well water and water from the Suffolk County Water Supply.
The NCC remains the best advocate for the Noyac community and will continue to protect our quality of life. Thank you for your active involvement and membership.
Elena Loreto, President NCC
March 27, 2017
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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.
Contact the NYSDEC to support the recommendations of this study: Email acting Commissioner Basil Seggos or call 518-402-8013.
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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. We are currently waiting for the judge to rule.
Elena Loreto, President
Noyac Civic Council
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