Air quality concerns rise in Brookhaven over Sandy debris

Members of the Brookhaven Community Coalition are expressing concerns over how the town has gotten rid of Superstorm Sandy debris. Town officials brought four burners

The coalition claims that it has seen white ash falling from the sky near the burners and that air quality is now a concern.

The coalition claims that it has seen white ash falling from the sky near the burners and that air quality is now a concern. (2/26/13)

BROOKHAVEN - Members of the Brookhaven Community Coalition are expressing concerns over how the town has gotten rid of Superstorm Sandy debris.

Town officials brought four burners to the Brookhaven Landfill to burn away debris left by the storm. The coalition claims that it has seen white ash falling from the sky near the burners and cites air quality as a concern.

Kathleen Lacey, of the Brookhaven Community Coalition, says they have tasted, smelled and felt the remains of the debris in the air.

Lacey says she is not happy with the results from the three monitors set up to test the air during the burning. She says one of the monitors consistently measures levels above acceptable standards. Adrienne Esposito, of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, says levels have been three times higher than acceptable standards on some days following the storm.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says he hasn't seen the results, but will look into the situation.

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