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Letter: The Stench In Glen Cove

Earlier this spring I noticed a small posting in the newspaper about a field trip taken by North Shore High School students for an educational tour of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District. One would wonder why the class would have to travel to Great Neck when Glen Cove has such a facility. 


Could it be that a field trip to Glen Cove would have necessitated the students be provided with gas masks before exiting the bus in the parking lot due to the overwhelming stench emanating from this facility? No need for a box lunch for this field trip, the little white bags they provide on airplanes would suffice.


It’s no joke, anyone who has been to the Glen Cove ball fields knows about the noxious odors that plague that area, some days worse than others depending on the prevailing winds. (By the way it is not coming from the Animal Shelter)


If health experts advise us to cover and protect our toothbrushes in our own bathrooms, it begs the question then why should anyone in those ball fields, or in the surrounding areas be exposed to airborne bacteria from the plant, and why has nothing been done about it for years?


Great Neck apparently has a state of the art wastewater treatment plant and they are proud to show the public how their facility is managed and maintained. How sad that the residents of Glen Cove have not demanded the same standards for our community, our children, the air we breathe and the water we swim in.


Concerned? Make your voice heard both to Nassau County (516- 571-7100 – Bay Park) and the City of Glen Cove (516-676-2004 – Mayor’s Office). After all it is our “backyard,” and right now it stinks!


Barbara Hall