Plum Island removed from auction block, to be preserved
Island, the animal disease center that sits off the East End of Long Island, is
off the auction block.
development comes after years of fighting a federal law that mandated the
government sell the 850 acres of the mostly pristine island to the highest
federal budget that just passed rescinded the mandate to sell the island and
has added $18.9 million for an environmental cleanup of the island and its
are getting together to celebrate that the 2008 federal law is gone, it is
repealed, it's off the books,” says Rep. Lee Zeldin. “We will not be
selling Plum Island to the highest bidder."
Esposito, of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, says preserving Plum Island
“will be a timeless gift that will span generations.”
the island is not yet a done deal. A preservation plan must be developed
that would ensure the long-term protection of the island. It could become a
national or state park site if lawmakers approve a use plan.