May 16, 2016, 12:56 pm

Environmentalists celebrate as bill to prevent Plum Island sale goes to Congress

Lawmaker and conservationists hope site will be open to public one day

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After almost a decade of fighting, environmentalists are breathing a sigh of relief after Congressman Lee Zeldin announced legislation to stop the sale of Plum Island,

“I’m feeling very good. This is the best day that we've had in seven years … Despite the cold, we're feeling very warm and wonderful,” said John Turner, of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition

“To be able to continue to preserve the rest of the island and maybe allow public access so more people can see what makes Plum Island so great, that is our goal. And to be this close to the finish line is something that we're all here to celebrate,” Zeldin said, noting that he hopes to see this bill pass today.

The proposed legislation will be voted on Monday in the House of Representatives.

It would then move on to a Senate vote and could be signed into law this year.

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