Proposed auction yard for Sandy-damaged cars prompts concerns in Medford

Officials want to auction off Sandy-damaged cars.

Officials want to auction off Sandy-damaged cars. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

MEDFORD - Suffolk residents aren't sold on a plan to build an auction yard for Sandy-damaged cars.

About two dozen Brookhaven residents today filed court papers opposing the town's plan to clear out 55 acres of woods for an auction lot that could house up to 7,000 cars, many of which were ruined by Superstorm Sandy.

Residents say they fear that any leaking oil, nitrogen or other fluids could end up in their water supply.

The town planning board also received a letter from the Suffolk County Water Authority that says, in part, "We would urge the applicant to find a more suitable site for this type of development, one that is not within an existing well field's zone."

Residents are also asking the town to conduct an environmental impact study, something Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Connie Kepert says should have been done in the first place.

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