Updated March 2017:
Over the past few months, many positive steps have been taken by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ensure that the remediation of the Dzus Superfund Site, Willets Creek, and Lake Capri remain on schedule.
Soil testing was conducted on residential properties and homeowners were notified of the results. The culverts under the two school footbridges crossing Willets Creek have been inspected and are in the process of being cleaned out. Further, the Dzus Fastener Co. site itself is currently undergoing additional testing as required by law and a final report will be issued once all results are finalized.
Finally, with any type of contamination, it is imperative that the health and wellbeing of residents remain a top priority. To this end, I have been assured by the Suffolk County Water Authority that our drinking water is safe and will remain unaffected by the Dzus Superfund Site contamination. It is also important to note that the community has been advised that limited exposure is not a significant concern, as this contamination is not an airborne risk. Should residents come in physical contact with any dirt or debris from the site, it is advised that they clean thoroughly.
Moving forward, there will be another public hearing where residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the work that has been done and receive information on the next steps in the remediation process.
As always, I thank the West Islip community and the W.I.R.E.S. organization for their cooperation and outstanding work as we continue to address the Dzus Superfund Site.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at my District Office at 631-665-2311.
Letter to DOH Commissioner Regarding Cadmium Effects on Breast Cancer Read More
April 4, 2016
Mr. Howard Zucker
NYS Department of Health
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237
Dear Commissioner Zucker,
Since the recent Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health public forum on the contamination of the Dzus Superfund Site, Willets Creek and Lake Capri, many members of the West Islip community raised questions and concerns on the possible correlation between exposure to cadmium and a positive diagnosis of breast cancer.
During the question and answer portion of the forum, audience members heard conflicting reports on whether exposure to cadmium has any correlation to or increases one’s chances of acquiring breast cancer. Several residents, breast cancer advocates and environmentalists present at the forum stated that past research studies have demonstrated that extended exposure to cadmium has been known to be a possible contributing factor to breast cancer.
As you may be aware, there is a long and sad history of breast cancer in West Islip. Residents are extremely fearful of exposure to anything that might heighten their chances of a positive diagnosis. It is with this in mind that I urge the Department of Health to provide the most recent, comprehensive information available on long term and short term cadmium exposure and the resulting effects.
With the elevated instances of breast cancer in West Islip, and with the newly detected levels of cadmium Found in the area, I would like to suggest that the Department of Health seriously consider a peer review of cadmium effects on the West Islip breast cancer cluster.
We truly appreciate the representatives from the Department of Health who were present to share their expertise with us, but feel there is still a great deal of information that needs to disseminated to (lie public. I respectfully request the Department of Health provide information regarding the exposure to cadmium and breast cancer. As the State Senator representing the West lslip community, this is a top priority for me and my constituents.
I look forward to your timely response!
Member of the Senate