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For Release: Thursday, August 17, 2017

DEC Announces 'Operation Blue Trident' Training Exercises for Thursday August 17, 2017

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the agency's Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) and partners from East End Maritime law enforcement are conducting coordinated radiation/nuclear detection training exercises in Gardiners Bay as part of "Operation Blue Trident," a multi-agency homeland security training exercise on Long Island.

‎As part of the exercise, more than 100 personnel from 23 local, state and federal agencies are deploying 24 vessels in eastern Long Island during efforts to train these personnel in the detection of weapons of mass destruction. The agencies are operating a command post at Stony Brook University's Southampton ‎Campus.

During the afternoon, training exercises will continue while vessels also conduct navigational safety, U.S. Marine ‎Fisheries compliance, and water quality/marine sanitation regulation compliance efforts.

Residents and visitors to the area are advised that this is an exercise.

For more information on Blue Trident (link leaves DEC's website), please visit the Governor's website.

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