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DEC Adds 135 Long Island Sites To Potentially Polluted List

Hicksville Residet: 'It's Too Expensive Here To Be Poisoned'
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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has listed 135 potentially polluted sites on Long Island to its state list.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, 20 of those sites are in Hicksville, Long Island.

A resident there said she’s looking to sell her house because she’s concerned about pollution in the soil and in the air.

“Well, a lot of people in certain parts of Hicksville have come down with cancer and I know that there have been at least four children that have passed away,” the woman told Hall.

The 68 sites in Nassau County and 67 in Suffolk County include spots where hazardous waste was once stored.

“On Duffy Avenue, there was a factory that made lamps. So all that nickel and metal is in the ground and they keep digging things up. So where’s it going? In the air,” the woman said.

She said she is moving off of Long Island.

“It’s too expensive here to be poisoned,” the resident told Hall.

The DEC has 4,362 potentially polluted sites listed statewide.

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