Sloatsburg’s infamous toxic dirt pile now slated for removal

Contaminated soil that has been left adjacent to the Village of Sloatsburg community fields for years is on track to finally be removed.

Kevin Downes Tree Service Co. will be removing the thousands of cubic yards of soil in Sloatsburg’s Community Field and three locations in Hillburn over the course of 120 days. The contract must be approved by the Rockland County Legislature first. The Rockland Sewer District had failed to make good on a promise to remove the soil several years ago after it allotted $400,000 to do so.

In other Sewer District news, the board for the district may attempt to sell a piece of district owned land in Hillburn known as the Split Rock property. A $33,790 contract for Stantec Consulting Services was made for them to determine the property value after a survey of the land, which will take about two months. The 64 acres of land is located at the intersection of I-287 and Route 17 and had cost the district millions to acquire.