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EPCAL Runway To Store Cars Damaged By Hurricane Sandy

Cars will be brought to EPCAL from across the New York area.

The much-debated 7000 foot runway at Enterprise Park at Calverton will be used to temporarily store hundreds of cars damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

On Thursday, the Riverhead Town board voted unanimously to authorize the Riverhead Community Development Agency to enter into a license agreement for the use of the runway and taxiway areas at EPCAL for the temporary storage of cars damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Due to flooding that led to the damage of over 200,000 cars in the New York area, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on Nov. 6 mandating the removal of debris in regions devastated by the storm.

To that end, Insurance Auto Auctions Corp., a public salvage auto auction company, will be using the runway, taxiway, and other paved areas at EPCAL for the temporary storage of the damaged vehicles.

The area in questions encompasses 52.14 acres; IAA will pay $3200 an acre per month for the use of the area for an initial period of six months, with two, three-month extensions possible.

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said because the vehicles will be placed on asphalt and concrete, the proposal poses no problem; the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, he stressed, has said damaged vehicles should not be placed in yards, or on any impervious survace.

It has not yet been decided if auctions will be held on the property; the company may just screen sales at its Medford location, depending on the town's wishes. Cars will be brought to EPCAL from across New York's five boroughs, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Approximately 150 cars should be able to fit on an acre.

For months, motorsports advocates have expressed their wishes for a drag strip at EPCAL.

ss November 22, 2012 at 03:50 PM
blah blah blah....go hug a huge pine tree
Kerrie Graham November 27, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Salt damaged vehicles with batteries and fluids including gas, oil, antifreeze, etc should not be stored in an environmentally sensitive area without an evaluation of the potential environmental impacts, a monitoring plan and the establishment of processes for making the vehicles as safe as possible. This is as irresponsible as telling the 9/11 first responders the air was safe to breathe.
Patrice Dalton November 27, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Sounds like they have capacity for about 8,000 cars. How much fluid in each car, let's say 10 gallons. That is 80,000 gallons of potential leakage into the pine barrens. Are they going to monitor the actual leakage, will they have test wells to monitor the water? A little planning up front could prevent problems down the line.
Al Arg January 04, 2013 at 08:19 PM
I think you people would complain about anything you don't agree with. Do you think your heavily traveled streets don't have leakage from trucks and cars ALL DAY LONG? Try going out there the next time it rains. I am pretty sure you will see the wonderful "rainbows" near the side of the road. Guess what that is? As for a safe place to race on LI, this place should be utilized since there are no operating dragstrips there. My suggestion would be for the township of Riverhead to open and operate the track and reap the benefits of entry fees, back-gate and concession fees, etc. Instead of complaining of petty B.S., why don't you you folks let go of that tree a little and allow something POSITIVE to help generate real revenue for the town instead of approving the construction of more stripmalls, office parks and condo complexes!
L.I.M.A. May 27, 2013 at 01:22 PM
What sensitive area?, that area is old navy arms industrial property, it is ANYTHING but sensitive .... Please get your facts straight. It is not grasslands it is a old arms facility and the grass is cleared area for the event a plane needs to exit the runway... NOT sensitive, not a aquifer, not wildlife park.... It is a abandoned industrial site left to decay.....

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