2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 07:53:18 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, REGULATION: Schumer wants EPA to take over Bethpage (NY) plume
Senator Schumer: Fed Up With Navy Slowness

Farmingdale Observer (NY)
September 30, 2011

United States Senator Charles E. Schumer has called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Lisa Jackson to have the agency take the lead role for the clean-up of the toxic Bethpage chemical plume that threatens over 20 additional public drinking wells that serve over 250,000 Nassau County residents in the Massapequa, Bethpage, and South Farmingdale Water Districts.

Schumer said the slowness of the response on the part of the Navy to contain and remediate the toxic plume put local projections for contamination at roughly four years, forcing Nassau County water districts to begin considering financing plans for their own, locally- led, clean-up, which is estimated to cost $250 million and could result in significant rate hikes for rate payers. Schumer said that the Bethpage plume, one of the largest areas of contamination in New York State, requires a unique leadership role from the nation’s federal environmental regulator to prompt another federal agency, the U.S. Navy, to act swiftly to contain the plume they left on Long Island decades ago, and pay local ratepayers for treatment systems being built.

"Times up," said Schumer. "We have prodded, cajoled, and pushed both the Navy and Grumman to get serious about this clean-up and move expeditiously before these toxins reach more local wells. If they aren't going to move full steam ahead and get this done before wells are actually contaminated, then the EPA needs to take the lead role and map out an aggressive containment plan. We cannot wait for more wells to be contaminated from industrial pollutions before we act."


For the entire article, see
http://www.antonnews.com/farmingdaleobserver/news/18054-senator- schumer-fed-up-with-navy-slowness.html


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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