County health official asks state to review Bellport school data – New York News

The Suffolk County health commissioner is urging the state Department of Health to review air monitoring data and other studies of Frank P. Long Intermediate School in Bellport amid pressure from parents and teachers to close the school, located about a mile from the Brookhaven Town landfill.

Dr. James L. Tomarken, the county health commissioner, urged state officials in a letter dated Tuesday to review “air monitoring data and disease occurrence information including updates on uterine and bladder cancer rates in the community.”

He also asked the state to review findings and recommendations of past studies from the state Health Department “to see if follow-up evaluation is warranted.”

Grace Kelly-McGovern, spokeswoman for the Suffolk County health department, said Tomarken sent various documents to the state, including correspondence from the district’s consultant to the South Country school district; a community survey; and maps of the school with labels corresponding to symptoms.

Erin Silk, a state Health Department spokeswoman, said the agency had “received the letter from Suffolk County Department of Health Services regarding the results of…

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