Once Again Avalon Bay Is Not In Compliance With Soil Management Plan
Contaminated Soil Pile At Avalon Bay Site
Contaminated Soil With Manor Field In Background
According to the Soil Management Plan to mitigate the Arsenic contamination at the Avalon Bay Huntington Station site, any contaminated soil that is stockpiled prior to the preparation of the excavation pit shall be covered, stabilized and seeded. The photographs above which were taken on Sunday, August 26, clearly shows this is not happening. The photographs show the present condition of the northwestern quadrant of the Avalon site. The Northwest quadrant, as explained in the Soil Management Plan, will be used to stockpile Arsenic Contaminated Soil for phase I and II of the remediation work (see photo lower right). Notes that are contained within the Soil Management Plan state that these stockpiled contaminated soil piles shall be stabilized and seeded (see note at bottom). The reason for covering these stockpiles is to reduce the potential for contaminated soil dust from leaving the site. It is especially disturbing that these contaminated soil piles are in such close proximity to Huntington Country Farms and even closer to Manor Field. The photographs show the close proximity to the baseball fields (photo above).
Based upon these findings, the Town of Huntington should immediately intervene to ensure the developer comes into compliance with it’s own soil plan. Perhaps Supervisor Petrone, Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Berland (all who voted in favor of this development) should finally show respect to the surrounding community by forcing the developer to comply with the soil plan. We will send this story to the Town Board and ask for a statement as well as their assistance to immediately address this violation and possible health concerns to the surrounding residents.
Numerous requests were sent to Legislator William Spencer to address the deficiencies with regard to this plan. After discovering the first violation to the Soil Management plan, we contacted Legislator Spencer because he regularly sends out press releases about his involvement in human health issues. Our first contact was made several weeks ago and was ignored. After several attempts we received an e-mail that he would look into it. That was weeks ago and we have heard nothing more.
We are anxiously awaiting his formal response and information about any action that will be taken in order to protect the surrounding residents. One would think our elected officials would consider these repeated violations a priority.