Zeldin Reintroduces Bishop’s Bill to Protect Plum Island

The approach to Plum Island | Courtesy Save the Sound
The approach to Plum Island | Courtesy Save the Sound

Congressman Lee Zeldin announced Friday that he has re-introduced legislation  to protect Plum Island that was previously sponsored by his predecessor, Congressman Tim Bishop.

If adopted, the bill (HR 1887) would reverse a 2008 law that mandated Plum Island be sold at public auction by the federal government to the highest bidder.

The sale was originally mandated to offset the cost of the $1.2 billion Bio-and-Agro Defense Facility under construction in Manhattan, Kansas.

Due to the cost of the cleanup and closure of Plum Island and recently adopted Southold Town zoning restrictions requiring that the island remain a research facility and wildlife preserve, the federal government is unlikely to recoup nearly as much money as originally anticipated from the sale.

“Plum Island offers Long Island a unique research and environmental resource that should be persevered for generations to come,” said Mr. Zeldin. “I have always supported keeping Plum Island open on Long Island and am fighting hard in Congress to do just that. I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the aisle, especially here in the tri-state area, as well as local environmental groups, to get this bill passed in the 114th Congress.”

 

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11 thoughts on “Zeldin Reintroduces Bishop’s Bill to Protect Plum Island

  • May 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm
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    Do the responsible thing and protect this precious, natural resource.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 12:09 pm
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    Great news and a promising step in the right direction!

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  • May 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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    Preserve Plum Island.

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  • May 6, 2015 at 7:21 am
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    This is the kind of legislation we need most right now! Our precious natural resources are being buried in tarmac and development at an alarming rate. Please pass on this wonderful news!

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  • May 7, 2015 at 2:38 pm
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    YES! We need to prevent Plum Island from being developed but it must be done with a development plan not just because it must be done. We should learn from our British cousins across the pond about master planning practices. Development takes place in wide circular patterns protecting the natural surroundings around urbanized areas where vast tracks of land are kept in a natural state,preserved forever! NO Development takes place with the wooded preserved areas,ever! Unlike here preservation is an art and a practice that has made The United Kingdom and Europe renowned for it’s beauty and not for the color of it’s bulldozers! Save Plum Island for All of US!

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  • May 7, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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    We need more natural habitats for our generation and those to come to enjoy. Good going Congressman Zelden!

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  • May 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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    This is definitely the only way to go!

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  • May 8, 2015 at 7:22 pm
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    Preserve Plum Island

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  • May 11, 2015 at 3:31 pm
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    Please work to save one of the few remaining open areas. And thank you for your work to accomplish this.

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  • May 17, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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    This is such great place and such great opportunity to save it. Please do so!!!

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