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Feb 12, 2019 1:40 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Officials In Two Towns Interested In Imposing Stricter Mining Regulations Following State Action

Sand Land's Noyac site. PRESS FILE
Feb 12, 2019 1:50 PM

The towns of Southampton and East Hampton gained the opportunity to have more control over regulating mining operations as a result of a state bill that was signed into law in October—and officials from both towns say they are interested in considering stricter regulations.

The bill, which State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. sponsored and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle supported, amended environmental conservation law to authorize local governments to enact local laws or ordinances requiring groundwater monitoring at mines and mining reclamation operations.

At the last East Hampton Town Board work session on February 5, Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc mentioned that he was interested in drafting legislation for groundwater monitoring in response to the state law.

“We will begin collecting information to help with our decision-making process and discuss options at a future work session,” Mr. Van Scoyoc confirmed in an email.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman shares the same interest and said he plans to discuss the measure with the Town Board and town attorney.

“Knowing that we’ve had some problems, I think it’d be wise to establish some sort of system for providing that data to the town,” Mr. Schneiderman said, adding that the town should also set up similar protocols for town facilities like yard waste areas. “I think it’s only fair to subject ourselves to whatever we’d be subjecting private facilities to.”

Bob DeLuca, president of Group for the East End, emailed town officials earlier this month urging them to pursue the measure. “The more you monitor potentially contaminating sites, the quicker it takes to respond, and the less likely your drinking water will be compromised,” he said in a recent interview.

If the municipalities decide to make this a local requirement, Southampton Town will have more control over Wainscott Sand and Gravel’s Sand Land mine in Noyac, which the Suffolk County Health Department revealed last year was polluting the water supply.

“Suffolk County, in the case of Sand Land, took two years in a court battle to get on site,” Mr. DeLuca said, referring to the county Health Department’s efforts to inspect the site for contamination.

Mr. Thiele had also said last year that the Sand Land mine was part of the consideration for introducing the bill.

Sand Land’s attorney, Brian Matthews of Matthews, Kirst & Cooley PLLC in East Hampton, declined to comment on Tuesday.

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Where will they get their sand$$$
By knitter (1624), Southampton on Feb 14, 19 7:05 PM
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And Mulch, Stone, crushed concrete, Topsoil etc?
By johnnyhampton (81), Southampton on Feb 18, 19 1:43 PM
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