Environmentalists irked by Town of Riverhead car storage plan

According to Town of Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, the town will provide temporary storage space for 7,500 vehicles. He says cars are arriving at a

Cars damaged by Superstorm Sandy are bound for

Cars damaged by Superstorm Sandy are bound for Calverton. (Credit: News 12)

CALVERTON - Environmentalists are raising concerns over plans to store cars damaged by Sandy in Calverton.

According to Town of Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, the town will provide temporary storage space for 7,500 vehicles. He says cars are arriving at a rate of 30 per hour and that they will remain at Enterprise Park for six months before being auctioned off.

However, environmental activists say runoff from the cars may seep into the ground and contaminate the water supply.

Walter says the town is set to make $1 million off the process. To counter critics, he says the cars will be placed on paved surfaces to best prevent runoff issues.

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