2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 09:52:59 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, CONTRACTORS: Grummans' Long Island (NY) plant
Toxins from old Grumman site contaminating Bethpage

Long Island Newsday (NY)
March 15, 2009

When Michael Barretta bought his tidy Bethpage house in 2006, he thought pollution from the nearby former Northrop Grumman defense complex had been cleaned up years ago.

But recent tests showed elevated levels of the industrial solvent trichloroethylene - a potential carcinogen also known as TCE - in the basements of four homes east of the Navy-owned property's 11th Street boundary. Contaminated soil vapor was also found under the basement slabs of two more houses.

Navy investigators have given residents carbon air filters to reduce TCE vapor levels immediately. They plan to install systems to vent gases from homes where concentrations exceed state indoor air standards. The problem appears to be limited to a roughly two-block area between Maple and Sycamore avenues and between 11th and Ninth streets.

The news has unsettled residents, who are dubious of the Navy's assurance that the state health guideline for TCE levels indoors - 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air - is set many times lower than levels that cause health effects.


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Lenny Siegel
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