November 9, 2012 | 9530 views
Spill numbers increase in Nassau County
DEC responding to 836 incidents
Updated Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m.
Over half the reported hazardous material spills on Long Island after Hurricane Sandy have been reported in Nassau County, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials said.
The most up-to-date numbers are: 836 reported spills in Nassau; 1,355 total in Long Island and 2,396 statewide,
DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said, that there are approximately 16 spill response officers working with conttractors in Nassau.
The DEC has contractors that are dispatched to spill sites to cleanup the spills. DEC is prioritizing spill response to remove the most oil and to get individuals cleared for electricity to return. In areas where we respond to a spill at one residence, we also check nearby residences to see if there are spill that have not yet been reported, De Santis said.
By law spills must be reported to the DEC unless they meet the following criteria: