Posts Tagged ‘ Plum Island ’

Connecticut, New York lawmakers try to stop sale of Plum Island

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

Connecticut and New York lawmakers are trying to persuade colleagues on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to repeal legislative language that requires the sale of Plum Island, which environmentalists want to keep as a largely undeveloped natural habitat. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut, New York lawmakers try to stop sale of Plum

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Plum Island going back under the microscope

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

Environmental experts on both sides of Long Island Sound are embarking on new initiatives designed to educate the public about the importance of preserving Plum Island. In New York, the state Department of Environment Conservation is funding a year-long study of the island. Starting in January 2015, biologists from the DEC’s New York Natural Heritage

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The Deadly Secrets of Plum Island, by Karl Grossman in Counterpunch

Oct 28th, 2013 | By

Michael Carroll, author of the best-selling book, “Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory,” was back on the East Coast, vacationing with his family, and amazed over recent developments concerning Plum Island. Carroll, an attorney from Long Island who worked seven years on “Lab 257” which became a best-seller after its 2004 publication, has since moved to California where he and his wife, a California native, established a law practice.

Don’t sell Plum Island to a developer

Sep 20th, 2013 | By

Plum Island in Long Island Sound is a remarkable place, both ecologically and scientifically. It should be made into mostly a national wildlife preserve rather than be auctioned off. Federal wheels are in motion to sell it to the highest bidder, though valiant efforts are underway to stop the train. It’s a pity that the

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Connecticut preservation advocates hail new Plum Island zoning

Sep 4th, 2013 | By

People working to preserve Plum Island on the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound welcomed the help of the Southold, N.Y., Town Board, which last week unanimously approved zoning for Plum Island that would prevent residential development there. But that doesn’t mean Connecticut advocates and officials are going to stop trying to pass a federal

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Gov’t reaffirms it will sell ex-lab island off NY

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

The federal government has reaffirmed it plans to sell Plum Island, finalizing the environmental review of the animal disease research site off Long Island, even though environmental regulators and some lawmakers say there’s not enough information about the effects of selling it. The General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security issued what’s called a

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Save the Sound lauds Southold, NY, zoning decision on Plum Island

Aug 28th, 2013 | By

SAVE THE SOUND ON SOUTHOLD ZONING OF PLUM ISLAND NEW HAVEN, CT — Last night the Town Board of the Town of Southold, NY, unanimously approved zoning for Plum Island that will protect over 600 acres of habitat from development if the island is sold. The 840-acre island, which is home to a research facility,

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Federal government pushing ahead With Plum Island sale

Aug 9th, 2013 | By

The 512-page environmental impact statement said, “The preferred alternative – is the sale of the property out of federal ownership.”

Feds called on to act after mammoth discovery on Plum Island | Suffolk Times

Aug 8th, 2013 | By

The contents of a tiny brief published in a weekly newspaper more than 130 years ago has archaeologists and environmentalists calling for a closer look beneath the surface of Plum Island. The article, published in a July 1879 issue of The Long Islander newspaper of Huntington, announced the discovery of a woolly mammoth skeleton on

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Blumenthal, Murphy, Courtney introduce legislation to prevent Plum Island sale

Jul 17th, 2013 | By

The bipartisan House bill, known as the “Save, Don’t Sell Plum Island” bill, is sponsored by Congressmen Timothy Bishop and Michael Grimm from New York, and Congressman Joe Courtney of Connecticut. Save the Sound and other members of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition joined Congressman Bishop at a press conference in Orient, Long Island, to announce it.

Feds’ Plum Island EIS ‘misses the boat’: CFE

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

Save the Sound and fellow advocates in the Preserve Plum Island Coalition have had strong criticisms for the U.S. General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security after the agencies released their Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed sale of Plum Island, NY. The EIS recommends a public auction of the 843-acre island, which is located at the eastern end of Long Island Sound and has become a de facto wildlife refuge thanks to restrictions on a human presence. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Environmentalists Urge Southold Town To Save Plum Island From Development

May 8th, 2013 | By

Advocates with an eye toward preserving Plum island from development spoke out at a public hearing on proposed new zoning in Southold Town Tuesday night. The new zoning, which would include a conservation and a research district, would prevent a private owner from developing projects ranging from homes to a casino on the site. For

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Save the Sound Reports Back from Plum Island Public Hearing

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By

At the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, the U.S. General Services Administration held its Connecticut public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the sale of Plum Island Oct. 17, 2012 . Save the Sound attended the hearing with a large group and beforehand, organized a rally with members of Congress, state legislators, local

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Save the Sound, elected officials others urge GSA to conserve Plum Island

Oct 17th, 2012 | By

“Plum Island has been identified for protection by our highest state and federal authorities due to its tremendous ecological value and recreational potential,” said Leah Schmalz, director of legislative and legal affairs for Save the Sound. Click on this environmental headline to read more on this story from Save the Sound.

Editorial: Stop study, save Plum Island sanctuary

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By

Why is one federal agency studying the idea of selling Plum Island for residential and perhaps resort development when another federal agency has already cited the importance of preserving it due to its great ecological value? Because Congress gave the order that it does so, of course. This is your government in action. For more

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Environmental report touches off new Plum Island controversy

Jul 21st, 2012 | By

Connecticut’s environmental community is dismayed at a study released Friday on the sale of Plum Island because they believe its recommendations do not adequately protect the island’s unique ecology and wildlife. Curt Johnson, an attorney for Save the Sound, said his group will push back against the study’s conclusions. “It just really is sad that

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Auction Plum Island? Not for the health and habitants of Long Island Sound: Save the Sound

Jul 20th, 2012 | By

Plum Island is home to over one hundred species of birds, including two federally threatened species of birds, Piping Plovers and Roseate Terns, and Long Island’s largest seal colony. This decision is one that Save the Sound and other environmental organizations have urged against for the past two and a half years.

Federal agency backs NY Plum Island sale

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — A federal agency supports a plan to sell New York’s Plum Island, home to the country’s only laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases that could affect the livestock industry, according to a draft report by the agency. Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Long Island-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said

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Questions about Plum Island’s future unresolved

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

The U.S. General Services Administration, the agency in charge of the possible sale or other future use of the island, is preparing a draft environmental analysis, called an Environmental Impact Statement, on the island’s proposed sale. Congress voted in 2008 to sell Plum Island if a new lab site could be found, and in 2009 a site near Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., was identified.

Disappearing Marshes Difficult to Remedy

Aug 28th, 2010 | By

Take your pick: Marshes are the “nurseries of life” or the “kidneys of the watershed,” said an expert on habitat restoration Thursday evening during a lecture titled “Long Island Sound: Restoring What Has Been Lost.” The impact of humans on the Sound has been significant, said Chris Cryder of Save The Sound, beginning with the

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