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Residents Complain About Dust, Noise As L.I. Smoke Stacks Are Demolished

National Grid Says Dust Is Not Toxic
These six smoke stacks will be demolished by National Grid early next year. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

These six smoke stacks will be demolished by National Grid early next year. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

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GLENWOOD LANDING, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – National Grid has been removing smoke stacks on the north shore of Long Island, but some residents say it’s causing a noisy mess.

The smoke stacks at the Glenwood Power Plant in Glenwood Landing are being demolished.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, residents who live nearby said the project has been starting at 7 a.m. all week.

“It rained concrete or dust ash and pulverized material,” nearby resident Joseph Decapua told Hall. “It just coated everything, all my kids’ toys out in the back, everyone’s cars, the lawns.”

He said the demolition has been loud.

“It sounds like dinosaurs sometimes down there with the metal screeching,” Decapua told Hall.

A spokesperson for National Grid said crews have begun spraying water during the demolition to prevent dust. The spokesperson added the dust is not toxic.

“National Grid has decommissioned the Glenwood Power Plant and is now in the phase of deconstruction in accordance with the Town of North Hempstead approved demolition permit. We are monitoring dust, vibrations, and noise and have a mechanism in place to take corrective action if thresholds are reached. We appreciate the patience of the community during this process and certainly understand this work is a disturbance for the residents in the area. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and we expect the work to be completed shortly,” the utility said in a statement Wednesday.

Much of the demolition is expected to be complete by early December, National Grid said.

Six other smoke stacks will be taken down next year.

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