The Stop The Sludge (S.T.S) Coalition was formed to address noxious and unacceptable odors adversely affecting residents, schools, businesses and the quality of life for all in the vicinity of the Brookhaven Town landfill. Since 2008, the Town accepted non-hazardous sludge from Long Island municipalities, including Huntington, Riverhead and North Hempstead. In June 2010, they also began receiving 10,000 tons per month of bio-solids from several New York City waste water treatment facilities.
On March 25, 2011, the New York State Department of Environmental & Conservation (DEC) modified the Town’s permit to remove the authority for the Town to accept non-hazardous sludge at the landfill.
While the Town Supervisor has indicated they will comply with DEC’s decision, we believe further action is needed to prevent future contracts by the Town of Brookhaven that negatively affects our communities.
• Our residents should NOT be required to bear the harmful impacts of NYC or any other communities’ disposal needs.
• We don’t want to fill the budget hole by filling the landfill with sludge.
• We believe community involvement is critical to shaping Brookhaven’s future. A Landfill Community Advisory Board is needed to guide Brookhaven’s future landfill decisions.
Visit the S.T.S. web site at http://www.stsbrookhaven.org/Welcome.html for further information