FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Increasing trace amounts of pesticides are showing up in the drinking water on Long Island, but despite calls for a pesticide ban, public officials denied Tuesday that there is any health threat.
As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and several environmental groups participated in a hearing at Farmingdale State College on what to do about the pesticides in Long Island’s groundwater.
“What we need to do is we need to make sure that Long Islanders aren’t continuously exposed to this great variety of pesticides in our drinking water,” said Adrienne Esposito of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
Trace amounts of the chemicals metalaxyly, imida-cloprid and atrazine have shown up thousands of times in test wells. The chemicals are used for potato and corn growth and to prevent fungus.