Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head), along with other local and state officials, aided in the effort to designate several local industrial areas in Nassau County as a single federal superfund site. The designation will allow the EPA to assess and remediate the environmental impact. The area includes parts of Hicksville, New Cassel, Westbury and Salisbury.
“Addressing this site should be a priority of both the state and federal governments,” said Montesano. “The environmental and health implications of the site are very serious for the surrounding towns and Nassau County. The designation will allow the EPA to investigate the sites more closely and set a course of action to stem the impact on the area and the people.”
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was previously addressing the area as separate sites, but decided it would be more effective to consolidate into one large site.
“Dealing with the problem as one large case rather than numerous small ones should provide a more comprehensive solution,” said Montesano. “The quicker the EPA can begin clean-up efforts, the better it will be for the people of Nassau County. I am hopeful that with quick decisive action any environmental impact can be remediated. I commend the EPA for taking a proactive approach to protecting the environment and people of Nassau County.”
Currently, the EPA is holding a 60-day public comment period. For additional information, visit http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/pubcom.htm.