The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is helping Suffolk County evaluate the health impacts of several proposed changes to the county’s septic code that could have an impact on East End homeowners, and they’re holding four public meetings in Suffolk County this week to explain the process and get feedback from residents here.
The county is considering three possible changes that could impact some or all of the owners of more than 350,000 cesspools in Suffolk County, in light of increasing nitrogen in bays and drinking water wells, linked to the nitrogen in urine that passes through those septic systems.
The county is evaluating either requiring all homeowners to upgrade their cesspools to current standards or requiring homeowners whose cesspool effluent will reach groundwater in 50 years or surface waters within 25 years to either upgrade to current standards or to install new onsite treatment systems.
The EPA is leading a health impact assessment (HIA) to help inform the County’s decision by evaluating the potential for the proposed changes to impact individual and community health.
You can read The Beacon’s coverage of the EPA’s last series of HIA forums in March of 2015 online here.
The first meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Riverhead Free Library’s craft room, 330 Court Street, Riverhead, NY.
The second meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Brentwood Public Library, 32 Second Avenue in Brentwood.
The third meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the Port Jefferson Free Library meeting room at 100 Thompson Street in Port Jefferson, and the fourth meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, August 18 at the Suffolk County Legislative Auditorium, 360 Yaphank Ave. in Yaphank.