Meeting held about Roberto Clemente Park cleanup in Brentwood
Locals got a chance to voice concerns Thursday night at a public meeting about the cleanup of Roberto Clemente Park.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation held the meeting in the Brentwood section of Islip. As News 12 Long Island has reported, asbestos and other toxic materials were found in illegally dumped construction materials in two sections of the park, which was shut down in May.
"We want to know what they're planning to do," said Brentwood resident Marcy Suarez.
A plan submitted by Islip officials calls for the full removal of 50,000 tons of material from the park, and equipment to monitor the air and groundwater. About 75 percent of the contaminated material would be trucked to a landfill on Blydenburgh Road in Hauppauge.
That part of the plan concerns Hauppauge residents, such as Stan Keslonsky. "Now, we're putting things that could possibly eventually filter into the water system and have a tendency to really be a problem," he said.
The DEC is accepting written comments about Islip's plan through Oct. 20.