NAACP, environmentalists ask for probe into potential illegal dumping in Brookhaven

Previous state health department investigations have not established any link between illegal dumping and the boy's death, but some residents still have questions.

Rob Taub

Oct 9, 2023, 4:20 PM

Updated 249 days ago

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The NAACP and environmental advocacy groups are calling on the state attorney general to investigate potential illegal dumping of toxic waste into the Town of Brookhaven Landfill.
The call for action comes after a 13-year-old boy who went to Bellport's Frank P. Long Intermediate School died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma last year. The boy's mother filed an intent to sue the school district, claiming his death was linked to exposure to toxic chemicals nearby.
Previous state health department investigations have not established any link between illegal dumping and the boy's death, but some residents still have questions.
"We do not trust the Town of Brookhaven, we do trust the DEC," says Dr. Abena Asare, of Brookhaven. "We have reason to not trust them, and we are looking for who we can trust."
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