Site of Former Toxic Plant on Long Island No Longer a Threat

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) -

The site where a toxic former manufactured gas plant once stood on Long Island’s East End has been reclassified to a less serious level by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Newsday reports the DEC released a report on Tuesday that stated the site in downtown Sag Harbor was reclassified to a safer level because it no longer presents a significant threat to public health and the environment.

The DEC attributed the change to successful remediation work completed at the location from 2008 through 2010.

Groundwater will continue to be monitored at the site, which is now a municipal parking lot owned by National Grid.

A National Grid spokeswoman says the utility has been following the approved site management plan and will continue to keep close tabs on the location.