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The Nation

September 07, 1987

Ashes from the New York garbage that was hauled 6,000 miles on a barge contain toxins exceeding federal limits for underground disposal of industrial wastes, Newsday reported. Officials of Islip, the town where half the garbage was produced, plan to bury the ash at a Long Island landfill after all the trash is burned, but environmentalists, led by the New York Public Interest Research Group, said results of tests commissioned by the newspaper support concern that the ash could contaminate ground water. The paper said the analysis found more cadmium and lead in the ash than federal regulations allow in municipal landfills. Attorney Randall Weiner said the group will seek extension of a court order blocking the dumping.

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