Environment

Rising Amount of Yard Waste Forces Town to Look at Stricter Rules

As commercial brush processing facilities have been closing due to tougher state waste-handling regulations imposed in 2017, the town’s three sites have all come under increasing pressure to handle rising amounts of leaves and brush. All that residential yard waste may be tainted with pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals.

Judge Rejects Appeal Seeking To Expand Mining Operation in Noyac

Closing another door on continued sand mining in Noyac, the state DEC’s chief administrative law judge last week rejected Sand Land’s motion to reargue its long pending application to expand its mining operations on its 50-acre site off Middle Line Highway and Millstone Road.

Planners Close Hearing on T. J. Maxx Expansion at Bridgehampton Commons

The Southampton Town Planning Board agreed on Thursday, December 13 to close the hearing on the T. J. Maxx expansion but hold the record open for 30 days for written comments after three speakers had appeared, including a somewhat flustered Pamela Harwood, chair of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee.

Town Official Details Recycling Programs for Noyac Civic Council

Noyac residents threw out question after question about trash and recycling on Tuesday to a Southampton Town official, who described the situation as overwhelming.

A Mixed Bag Reaction to Montauk Hamlet Study

Residents and representatives of environmental groups applauded efforts by the East Hampton Town Board to address the creeping reality of climate change and sea level rise in its new hamlet study for downtown Montauk during a public hearing last Thursday in Town Hall. Other speakers remained critical.

Lawyer Tells Harbor Committee: Think Twice Before Granting Pool Permit

The Harbor Committee of Sag Harbor seemed ready to grant a wetlands permit to allow a swimming pool 55 feet from Ligonee Creek on Monday when attorney Jeff Bragman, representing a homeowner from nearby Hildreth Street, called on the board to think again.

East Hampton Trustees Support Ban on Releasing Balloons

The East Hampton Town Trustees on Monday unanimously voted to support a ban on the intentional release of balloons in the town.

Town Working on Management Plan for Opening Mecox Bay Cut to Ocean

“This bay has not drained effectively for a very long time,” Harry Ludlow told the Southampton Town Trustees on Monday, December 2, when the board held a public hearing on a long-awaited draft management plan for Mecox Bay prepared by the town’s Department of Land Management.
U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin

$2.57 Million in Grants Announced to Improve Sound

On Monday, federal and state environmental officials announced 36 grants totaling $2.57 million to local government and community groups aimed at improving the health and ecosystem of the Long Island Sound.

Southampton Town Prepares Ban on Plastic Straws, Polystyrene Containers

The proposal for a plastic straw and polystyrene ban, based on laws adopted in the villages of East Hampton and Patchogue, would prohibit any “food service establishment, mobile food commissary or store” from possessing, selling, or offering for use single-service articles.

Town Airs Proposal to Allow for Alternative Electricity Supplier

Creating a CCA here would allow the town’s consumers to band together to seek energy from renewable sources or at better rates from energy suppliers other the PSE&G. The alternative energy would be supplied over existing LIPA transmission lines.

Bid for Fence Stalls Permit Vote; Failing Septic Systems an Issue in 2 Wetlands...

There are things the board has no authority to require, commented Mr. Parker, “but there are things we cannot allow.”

Some Environmental Leaders Support Increased Capacity of South Fork Wind Farm

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Board of Trustees have announced it has increased its commitment to purchase offshore wine energy from the South Fork Wind Farm, a 15-turbine wind farm proposed 30 miles east of Montauk.

Sag Harbor Hills Beach Access Suit Settled

Mile High Partners had alleged the Sag Harbor Hills Improvement Association erected a fence that improperly cut off its property’s beach access.

Corish Urges Village Board To Rethink Impound Lot Near Greenbelt

Twelve speakers pleaded with the board to reconsider its decision to put a 60-by-80 foot vehicle impound lot for the Sag Harbor Village Police Department on a 24-acre parcel it owns adjacent to the Long Pond Greenbelt.

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Permit Issued, TRO Denied, but Sand Land Still Enjoined from Expanding

A state supreme court judge in Albany last week declined to issue a temporary restraining order barring the implementation of new permit authorized by the state Department of Environmental Conservation on June 5, allowing the Sand Land mine in Noyac to expand into a three-acre area called the “stump dump” and dig 40 feet deeper than the limit set by its last permit.

Hurricane Gets Credit for Surprising Accumulation of Sand on Nearby Ocean Beaches

Against all expectations, the amount of sand six-mile stretch of ocean beach between Town Line Road and Flying Point Road has continued to increase over the years since a $26-million beach nourishment project was undertaken in 2013.