First Look: Island Park Residents Protest at Former Landfill
Island Park residents gathered Saturday afternoon to protest outside the former town landfill.
More than 50 Portsmouth residents, including many from Island Park, rallied Saturday afternoon outside the former town landfill owned by the private company, AP Enterprises.
Residents are protesting the company's request to recap this former landfill with higher levels of normally-occurring arsenic.
Last year, AP Enterprises LLC received final approvals by the state to recap this land at the corner of Park and Mason Avenues in Island Park. The land is privately owned by AP Enterprises, but was leased to the town in the 1970s.
However, in December, AP Enterprises submitted a request to modify an aspect of a prior DEM approval in order to accept sub-grade capping materials with elevated levels of naturally-occurring arsenic.
The main concern by the Island Park Landfill Committee is an allegation that soils are being dumped at the Island Park location from an out-of-state construction site that may or may not contain high levels of heavy metals and toxins, according to the group.
Many members of the IPLC held up signs Saturday at the site. John McDaid, operator of the blog Hard Deadlines, also held a counter-protest.
Here's a first look at Saturday's rally.
Check back with Portsmouth Patch later this weekend for more on this protest.