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Veterans Community Suspected To Be Third Suspected Illegal Toxic Dumping Site On Long Island

Photos of debris found at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, Long Island. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Photos of debris found at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, Long Island. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

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ISLANDIA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Another suspected illegal toxic dumping site has been discovered in the Town of Islip.

As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, toxic soil is suspected in homes built in Islandia for returning war veterans, where a groundbreaking was held just under a year ago.

Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota confirmed the soil on Veterans Way is being tested for contamination, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.

Many residents said they are anxiously awaiting the test results.

“This is terrible. How could you just dump where people live?” one man told Xirinachs.

“Unless we know something is going on, then there is nothing we can do right now,” another told Rivera.

“I have three kids, I worry about it,” said another man.

Spota cautioned that he expects more toxic dumping sites to turn up as the probe continues.

Twenty-foot-high piles of debris were found on privately owned land at Route 111 and Sage Street just this week.

The discovery also follows on the heels of the study of illegal asbestos dumping at a park and a construction site in the Town of Islip.

Last week, Spota announced about 1,100 tractor-trailer truckloads of contaminated debris were dumped at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. The park has since been closed to the public.

Spota said last week that his office was investigating a Ronkonkoma company and the Town of Islip after complaints were made to the town and it did nothing.

The DA said he believes whoever is behind the Brentwood dumpings is also responsible for the debris at Route 111.

Spota said anyone who lives near the dump sites should call the state Health Department if they have any health concerns.

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