A state proposal to clean up contamination at the former site of the Mill Neck Marina in Locust Valley may get a public hearing next month.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation reserved a hearing room for March 3 at the Locust Valley library, but department spokesman Bill Fonda said Friday the date could change.
“They’re still shooting to have that meeting,” Fonda said. “I think it’s going to be a little bit later though.”
For nearly 50 years, boats were stored, maintained and fueled on the now vacant 1.4-acre land at the end of Hernan Avenue at Oak Neck Creek. The site has been designated as a “Class 2” Superfund site, meaning the contamination significantly threatens public health or the environment and requires action. Soil samples taken at the former marina in 2011 found hazardous levels of copper, mercury, arsenic, zinc and lead.
Paul DeOrsay, executive director of Friends of the Bay, an environmental group, said he hoped the state would move ahead with the cleanup because contaminants were likely leaching into the water and posing a threat to animal life in the creek, which feeds into Oyster Bay Harbor.
“It’s a big salt marsh area, which is a nursery area — really important to the environmental health of the whole bay,” DeOrsay said. “It would be really nice to get rid of all those heavy metals before they end up in the bay.” - TED PHILLIPS
North Shore-LIJ gets new therapy center
The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute has opened a new $47 million radiation therapy center.
Patients who receive outpatient radiation therapy will now go to the health system’s Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success, which also houses the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute.
The health system’s department of radiation medicine had been located at the LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
Dr. Louis Potters, co-executive director of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute and chairman of radiation medicine at North Shore-LIJ, said in a statement that the move will help communication about patient care between physicians and their colleagues.
“It also gives patients the added comfort that physicians and other clinicians are able to closely work with colleagues in medical and surgical oncology in the same building, enhancing patient care and communication,” he wrote in the statement.
The new facility includes installations to help calm patients, such as a saltwater aquarium and natural lighting, and will feature a photo-identification system to better track patients and their treatment schedules, according to a news release from the health system.
The health system is also working on expanding its Monter Cancer Center at the Center for Advanced Medicine, in addition to other initiatives. Construction on the Monter Cancer Center expansion is scheduled to be completed by spring. — JENNIFER BARRIOS