ISLANDIA, Long Island (AP/PIX11) – Homes built for soldiers returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan sit on top of contaminated soil, officials in Suffolk County said this week.
An analysis of soil at Veterans way in Islandia showed hazardous levels of contaminants, including heavy metals and banned pesticides, the Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.
Spota said the health department and other agencies will review the results and develop plans for well testing and other measures to ensure the safety of drinking water.
The six-home development was built for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
The findings are similar to those found at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood and an Islip Avenue site about 2 miles from the town park in Central Islip.