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Ron LeeMay 4, 2017, 1:27 pm

NY DEC tipped off about possible illegal dumping at 3 Suffolk locations

Environmental officials say anonymous email was sent to municipalities about disposals

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A plot of land in Bay Shore, one in Holtsville and a site in Cutchogue are spots in Suffolk County that the State's Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating after the agency received a tip about possible illegal dumping.

The news has some neighbors who live close to those sites feeling concerned about their health.

"From what I’ve noticed since I've been out here, people just seem to dump wherever they get an opportunity... A quiet area like this that's off the main roads, its prime target for it," said Ronald Williams of Bay Shore.

The DEC says an anonymous email was sent widely to a number of municipal officials and it made allegations about a vast conspiracy to mix concrete, asphalt, wires, dirt and other compounds and sell it as clean dirt. The email also implied there was a conspiracy to illegally dump materials throughout Suffolk County.

"The generalization of the materials they found is exactly like the initial, you know, description of the materials of the other site, which ultimately proved to be toxic," said Adrienne Esposito, the executive director with the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, who found the allegations troubling.

The investigation comes just one week after a state Supreme Court judge sentenced two men in connection with dumping tens of thousands of tons of contaminated construction debris at various sites in Suffolk County, including Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood.

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