Briella TomassettiAug 20, 2018, 1:56 pm

Investigation persists for medical waste washed ashore

Officials try to find where medical syringes on East Atlantic Beach, Point Lookout, Lido Beach West come from

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LONG BEACH — Local officials are trying to determine what has caused
syringes and medical waste to wash up along the coasts
of East Atlantic Beach, Point Lookout, and Lido Beach West. Republican Assemblywoman Missy Miller initially called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to temporarily halt their multi-million-dollar dredging project during the investigation to see if it played a factor. The project aims to pump sand from the ocean floor to replenish the beach. However, after flushing the pipeline with water, Miller said that no medical debris appeared.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Pat Ryder said during a press conference that it could take weeks to find out the source of the medical waste that is appearing along the coasts. In the meantime, the investigation is ongoing.

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