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For Release: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DEC Solicits Public Input on Draft Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention

Public Comment Period Runs Through April 30

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is holding two public meetings and availability sessions on the draft Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy April 3 - 4, 2013, the agency announced today. The draft strategy, released by DEC for public review on January 30, includes pollution prevention principles to protect Long Island's groundwater from pesticide-related contaminants, while continuing to meet pest management needs in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Public meeting dates:

April 3, 2013
Availability Session: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Public Meeting: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Suffolk County Community College, Eastern Campus
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Shinnecock 101
Riverhead, NY 11901

April 4, 2013
Availability Session: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Public Meeting: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Morrelly Homeland Security Center
510 Grumman Road West, Main Conference Room
Bethpage, NY 11714

In addition to the upcoming public meetings and availability sessions, DEC recently held stakeholder meetings to discuss the draft Long Island Pesticide Pollution Strategy. The group discussions enabled active dialogue among approximately 70 stakeholders.

Representatives from pesticide product manufacturers and applicators, academia, public interest groups, professional associations, Nassau and Suffolk County water quality and public health agencies and the NYS Departments of Health and Agriculture and Markets attended the stakeholder meetings. DEC officials and stakeholders discussed potential challenges to pesticide pollution prevention on Long Island, the strengths of future DEC-led stakeholder workgroups to implement the strategy and the role of collaborative participation of diverse stakeholders.

The comment period on the draft strategy is open through April 30, 2013. For information on how to submit comments to DEC, additional information on the public meetings or to access a copy of the draft Long Island Pesticide Pollution Strategy, visit DEC's website. For a copy of the news release announcing the public comment period, visit DEC's website.

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