- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities on eastern Long Island say they’ve uncovered truckloads of hazardous substances that were illegally dumped in a county park.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (SPOH’-tuh) says the illegal dumping at the West Hills County Park took place between October 2015 and this past August. The hazardous substances were found in soil samples taken near the Sweet Hills Riding Center in the park.

The substances included pesticides that have been banned since the 1980s.

The prosecutor says hundreds of tractor-trailer loads were spread across about 8½ acres. He said it appears the material is from construction and demolition debris, possibly from New York City. It’s suspected the dumping occurred at night.

He said legally disposing of such materials costs $1,500 to $5,000 per truckload.

No arrests have been made.



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