Every year, about 720,000 tons of construction and demolition waste and about 350,000 tons of incinerator ash from across Long Island is dumped into the Brookhaven Landfill. It’s a revenue source for the local government, the town of Brookhaven, but a burden to the many people who live with its permeating odor and potentially dangerous health effects. The town of Brookhaven had promised to close the landfill in 2024, but the community is skeptical and is fighting to shut it down now. Some are also demanding remediation for the harm they say it has caused to the people of North Bellport.
Photographed for Stat News, with words by Nicholas StFleur
'A textbook case of environmental racism': The battle over the Brookhaven Landfill
In this episode of "Color Code," we dive into the history of North Bellport and the Brookhaven Landfill on Long Island and explore how environmental pollution can impact health.