EPA Issues Final Ruling to Dump Dredge Spoils in Eastern Long Island
Northfork Patch Article
By Lisa Finn (Patch Staff)
November 4, 2016
NORTH FORK, NY — Despite an outpouring of protest from local residents, environmentalists and elected officials, the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued a final ruling Friday designating an eastern Long Island Sound site for dredge spoils.
The site, located to the west of the current New London disposal site, is entirely in Connecticut state waters; the existing New London disposal site will be closing on Dec. 23.
“EPA’s decision to establish the Eastern Long Island Sound Disposal Site incorporates protections and restrictions on use similar to those established for the central and western Long Island Sound dredged material disposal sites earlier this year,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “Our decision is based on sound science, reflects extensive public input, and strikes an appropriate balance between the need for dredging to maintain safe navigation and protecting the significant natural resources of Long Island Sound.”
The site protections and restrictions included in the final rule are intended to help meet the goal of reducing or eliminating dredged material disposal in the open waters of Long Island Sound, he added.
In response to public input, “EPA’s final action reduces the overall number of disposal sites from four to three, reduces the footprint of the ELDS from the original proposal, and protects ecologically-sensitive areas with active fisheries,” a release stated.
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