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.”