Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) is again calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state Health Department to work with local communities to conduct a comprehensive and coordinated study of the Dewey Loeffel landfill superfund site in Nassau, New York. McLaughlin has been adamant about the safety of the landfill for years and is outraged about the faulty test results and lack of communication by the state Health Department with community leaders and town residents. He is appalled that residents were not notified about the test results or the $525,000 settlement paid in a recent state Department of Health settlement.
“The Dewey Loeffel landfill has been posing serious environmental threats to the wildlife in Nassau and Schodack and affecting the water supply for residents for decades, yet no one affected was notified about these faulty test results,” McLaughlin said. “Residents have expressed fears about the safety of area waters and officials are concerned that pollutant levels have been consistently underreported in the past as they were in this case. Taxpayers deserve to know the details of the recently leaked New York State Department of Health $525,000 settlement. The settlement money should be used to assist the Town of Nassau in dealing with the significant environmental impacts of this waste site.”
McLaughlin’s comments come after a newspaper report indicated that the New York State Health Department reached a $525,000 settlement over the summer with the laboratory that was hired to test the pollutant levels at the landfill. It was reported that the laboratory company used the wrong chemical to test water samples, which caused an inaccurate reading in the level of pollutants coming from the site. The landfill has been a concern for residents of Nassau and surrounding areas for decades and McLaughlin has been pushing for an amphibian, reptile, wildlife and groundwater impact study during his tenure as a member of the Assembly.
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th District, which consists of parts of Rensselaer,
Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s campaign website.