LIBFRE, a local, non-profit citizen’s group who is in the midst of a lawsuit fighting PSEG and LIPA to remove the poles, clean up the contaminated soil and water, and go underground with the power lines, is asking for everyone to MAKE SOME NOISE to let our officials know that we’ve had enough.
The recent FPM report given to EH Village and EH Town has determined that although pentachlorophenol (penta) was not found in East Hampton groundwater, it was again detected in the soil. Five other suspected carcinogenic chemicals, however, which are components of the penta formulation used to treat the poles, were detected in East Hampton’s groundwater at concentrations up to 48 times higher than the NYSDEC Standards.
If we all join together and MAKE SOME NOISE we can right this wrong. It’s time our officials take an aggressive stand. We don’t just want the contaminated soil removed, because with each wet event, the leaching will continue, and the soil will again become contaminated. The contaminated poles need to be pulled and the wires need to be placed underground.
LIBFRE’s SUGGESTIONS: Write letters to the editor to local newspapers, the EH Star and the EH Press, and to Long Island’s Newsday; Contact Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Deputy Mayor Barbara Borsack, EH Village Administrator Rebecca Molinaro, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, State Senator Ken LaValle, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, and Governor Cuomo demanding action They should be following the toxic spill cleanup rules that already exist; Support Fred Thiele and Ken LaValle’s resolution to ban penta in New York State; and finally, Demand that Governor Andrew Cuomo deal with these issues, which he has refused to do since last February. REMEMBER – Cuomo put PSEG in power. Speak about it to your neighbors. Share the information. Get people to understand how serious this is. Have people financially support us, if they can, with any amount of money they can afford for our legal fees and expert witness fees, sent to LIBFRE, 26 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton, NY, 11937.
We need people to make noise and express their anger and frustration. A toxin that will be banned next year for the world should not be excused as okay by PSEG representatives who say it is having the results we expect it to have. We are not guinea pigs.
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Helene Forst, Chairperson
Long Island Businesses For Responsible Energy, Inc. (LIBFRE)