Smithtown neighborhood finally getting health assessment of contaminated soil

Residents of a neighborhood in Smithtown are finally getting answers regarding the health effects of a gas leak that occurred seven years ago.

The Center for Disease Control and State Health Department began a full public health assessment of the soil this September, seven years after a gas leak from two Mobil-Exxon owned gas stations contaminated it in 1998. Parents say that neighborhood children have been suffering from blurry vision, skin rashes and thyroid dysfunction since the accident. They also report an unusual number of family pets dying from cancer.

Officials say the assessment could take a few more months to complete.

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