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East Hampton Sand Mine Expansion Receives State Approval

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New York regulators will allow the expansion of a long-dormant sand and gravel mine in East Hampton.

Mining company Bistrian Materials plans to excavate 6 acres of land, digging 110 feet below groundwater, creating a man-made lake.  

There are at least two drinking water wells that serve more than a thousand homes less than a mile from the mining operation. Nearby homeowners are concerned it would expose their drinking water to contaminants. 

East Hampton Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc says the state needs to better monitor pollutants coming from sand mines.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.