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Rep. Lee Zeldin Announces Introduction of Legislation to Protect Plum Island

April 17, 2015
Press Release

Shirley, NY – Today, April 17, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – Shirley) announced that he re-introduced legislation (HR 1887) to protect Plum Island, previously sponsored by his predecessor, Congressman Tim Bishop.

Situated between the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay, Plum Island is cherished by the local community, not only as an essential resource for research, but also for its abundance in cultural, historical, ecological, and natural resources.

HR 1887 will reverse a 2008 law that mandated the public sale of Plum Island by the federal government to the highest bidder, allowing for the continuation of the research and conservation efforts of the facility.

The sale was originally agreed to in order to offset the cost of the $1.2 billion that would be spent to build a new facility, the Bio-and-Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) in Kansas. However, due to the costs associated with the cleanup and closure of Plum Island, and because of Southold Town zoning restrictions, the federal government would receive little to no compensation for the sale of Plum Island.

Congressman Zeldin said, "Plum Island offers Long Island a unique research and environmental resource that should be persevered for generations to come. I have always supported keeping Plum Island open on Long Island and am fighting hard in Congress to do just that. I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the aisle, especially here in the tri-state area, as well as local environmental groups, to get this bill passed in the 114th Congress.”

You can view the legislation here: PDF iconHR1887.pdf