Sometimes there are situations that warrant hopping over a middleman and going straight to the boss. News of toxic groundwater contamination that could be flowing into private and public wells is such a situation.
Government types charged with protecting our drinking water are "doing the bare minimum with the bare minimum number of people for the most extended period of time," one environmentalist informed this week. The only light at the end of the tunnel comes when the public, and enough members of the public, demand action.
The public has been demanding action. It took a court order for the county health department to embark on water sampling that revealed toxins in the aquifer under the Sand Land mine. It took formal requests under Freedom of Information Law to wrest the results from the county. The samples were taken last summer, and the poison continues to flow as government types take their time composing a study.
The county needs to find out if the toxins have contaminated neighbors' wells. Like, right now. The health department's moving slowly, so let's ask its big boss, County Executive Steve Bellone, to demand swift action. Hop over the middleman and make some noise. Call the CE at 631-853-4000. Email email@example.com or send snail mail to County Executive Steve Bellone, H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, P.O. Box 6100, Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099.
Over and over, for years, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has ignored pleas to investigate pollution and illegal dumping at the Noyac site. Let's ask that agency's big boss, Governor Andrew Cuomo, to step in. He paints himself as a protector of the environment. Let's give him a chance to intercede on behalf of homeowners horrified by what might lurk beneath the bucolic soil in their backyards.
Call Cuomo at 518-474-8390. Write to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State, NYS State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224. Or visit governor.ny.gov to send him an email.