2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:12:46 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: Navy-Grumman Bethpage plume, Long Island, New York
Grumman's toxic plume has South Shore residents eager for a solution.

By Chris Boyle
Wantagh-Seaford Patch (NY)
July 20, 2012

Officials and residents gathered at the Seaford Fire Department Thursday night to once again express their concern over the cleanup of toxic groundwater from the former Grumman site in Bethpage that's drifting toward South Shore water supplies.

Massapequa Water District Commissioner John Caruso gave a presentation at the meeting of the Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations and called out the state Department of Environmental Conservation, saying the organization has not done enough to stop the environmental threat.

"What the DEC has done is allow the plume to travel over two miles from its origin and double in size, while all of their attempts to treat the contaminated water have been completely ineffective," Caruso said. "In addition, when you have volatile compounds in the ground and you treat them, you release them into the air. So, now we have two problems that need to be addressed...both created by the way the DEC is attacking this."

Grumman owned an aircraft manufacturing plant in Bethpage until its closure in 1996. The company reportedly buried industrial waste on the grounds which eventually seeped into groundwater. These waste plumes have been slowly migrating southward ever since, according to the DEC, threatening the ground-based water supplies of multiple towns in its path, including Bethpage, Farmingdale, Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa, Bellmore and Merrick.


For the entire article, see
http://wantagh.patch.com/articles/water-districts-warn-of-toxic-plume- cc869396#photo-10716582


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