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Well, some Suffolk County officials as well as community members appear, at this point, satisfied that the United States Navy has finally begun testing as to how they might treat the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) contamination calamity at Calverton. On July 21st, 2010, I received a copy of an e...
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Donna and a Peconic River Bluefish
On April 22nd, 2010, Donna Derasmo and I attended a three hour Restoration Advisory Board meeting at the Calverton Community Center. In attendance was Suffolk County's Republican Legislator, Ed Romaine. Mr. Romaine could not stay for the meeting but said his peace at the start of the talk. He did...
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If you recall my letter that I mailed on February 23rd, 2010 to The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy at 1000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, DC [its envelope marked Personal], I had requested that Mr. Mabus respond after speaking with Gary Berntsen, who is running for Congress, Congressional...
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Clamming the Peconic
After meeting with Gary Berntsen on Sunday, February 21, 2010--ex CIA operations officer who is seeking the Suffolk County Congressional seat for District 1 in Riverhead, NY--the following is the letter that I sent to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus regarding the Navy's procrastination in cleaning...
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Robert with 42-inch Striped Bass
There are so many things wrong within this country, and the United States Navy is responsible for one of them: Big Time Pollution.  It is criminal, and the Navy is behaving criminally, for it is procrastinating by dragging its feet for yet another year.  We are now headed toward the end of 2010 and...
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Author with Fly Rod
As a leopard does not change its spots, the United States Navy, true to form, is not veering from its original position.  Its position is one steeped in a stew of procrastination.  In my blog of August 17, 2009, I had said where I believed this matter was headed.  I was not wrong.  Secretary of the...
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You'll recall in my last blog (Part 3 of 4--reporting on the toxic pollution of the Peconic River) that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Assistant Navy Secretary for Installations and Environment B.J. Penn had taken a firm position as conveyed through Navy spokeswoman Lieutenant j.g. Steghrr in...
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We'd like to see the Peconic River continue to produce beautiful fish like this striped bass.
No sooner than I had reported on the United State's Navy's firm stance of insisting that the toxic chemicals (volatile organic compounds -- VOCs) found polluting the Peconic River will simply go away through "natural attenuation," a Navy spokeswoman, Lieutenant j.g. Laura Steghrr, has...
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A lot has happened since my April 1, 2009 blog concerning what started as the United States Navy’s four-decade-old initial state of—perhaps—naiveté, but which has (as of this date) culminated to the point of sheer arrogance and gross negligence on behalf of  this force.  Be reminded that the United...
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Robert Banfelder
Back in 1991, I was very fortunate to find a slice of heaven.  I purchased a home situated on the Peconic River in Riverhead, Long Island.  A recent article titled Toxic Plume Threatens Peconic River, published in our local newspaper, The News~Review, caught my eye.  I live on and fish the Peconic...
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