|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:02:05 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] VOCs: Schumer critiques Navy-Grumman Bethpage (NY) groundwater cleanup|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Senator Charles Schumer April 11, 2011SCHUMER REVEALS: EPA/USGS CONFIRM NAVY MODELING FAILS TO ADEQUATELY ASSESS THREATS TO LONG ISLAND DRINKING WATER FROM TOXIC NAVY/GRUMMAN PLUME
Findings Released by USGS Confirm Suspicions That Groundwater Modeling Used by Navy Ignores Information on Threats to Drinking Water; Does Not Account For Precipitation Rates, Water Levels and Stream Flows
Schumer Convened Meeting in September with Local Water Districts, EPA, Grumman, and State DEC to Review Current Modeling and Put in Place a Comprehensive Plan to Protect Over 25 Public Wells in Plume’s Path
Schumer: USGS Findings Are Proof Positive that Current Mapping is Inadequate – Now It’s Time for the Navy and Grumman to Clean Up Contamination
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed that a study conducted at his request by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirms that current modeling for an off-site toxic groundwater plume, emanating from a former Navy-Grumman manufacturing site, does not adequately assess potential impacts to as many as 25 public wells that supply water to over 160,000 Nassau County residents. The study report states that the Navy's current modeling ignores public-supply pumping, groundwater discharges from systems remediating volatile organic compound (VOC) plumes, recharge and precipitation rates, and water levels and stream flows.
In a letter to the heads of the Navy, EPA, and DEC today, Schumer also demanded that these findings be incorporated into a simultaneous "optimization review" being conducted by the Navy due to be completed this summer. The goal of the review is to optimize the implementation of the groundwater remedy at the Bethpage site. The final report will evaluate the effectiveness of previous and ongoing treatments and the effectiveness of the current well network in monitoring the progress of the plume. Schumer said that the optimization review must issue implementable recommendations to improve the modeling and contain and remediate contamination wherever it is technically feasible.
... For the entire press release and Senator Schumer's letter, go to http://schumer.senate.gov/new_website/record.cfm?id=332425 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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