Long Island Rail Road Yaphank Site (Yaphank) - Public Comment Invited on Brownfield Application

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Public Comment Invited About Brownfield Cleanup Program Application for Site in Hamlet of Yaphank, Suffolk County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Long Island Rail Road for a site known as Long Island Rail Road Yaphank Site, site ID #C152146. This site is located in the Hamlet of Yaphank, in the Town of Brookhaven, within the County of Suffolk, and is located East of River Road, South of Rail Road Tracks.

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repository located at Mastics-Moriches-Shirley-Community Library, 407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967-3492.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to the site Project Manager Tara Rutland at NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7015; via email at tara.rutland@dec.ny.gov or by calling 518-402-9621. All comments must be submitted by August 25, 2017.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed is to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to “greenfield” (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on the State's Brownfield program is available at DEC’s website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html