Yaphank residents demand answers over radiation

Many residents in Yaphank say they want to know why they weren't informed about radiation in their neighborhood until today, even though it was first

YAPHANK - Many residents in Yaphank say they want to know why they weren't informed about radiation in their neighborhood until today, even though it was first detected in March of last year. The Department of Environmental Conservation(DEC) found low levels of radioactivity in the groundwater and compost at the Long Island Compost facility. Neighbors say they've already dealt with a foul odor and dust from the plant for years, and are angry that radiation may be added to the list. In a written statement, Long Island Compost said, "We were only recently informed of this issue, but we will work with all regulatory agencies to determine the proper course of action."

A DEC spokesperson says the radioactivity should have no effect on the drinking water supply because all homes in the area are on public water.

The DEC also says it's investigating whether the radioactivity is naturally occurring in the environment or coming from a different source, and plans to do more tests at the site next week.

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