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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 16:02:23 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] "Navy Seeks Property To Build Remediation Plant" for Bethpage plume, NY
Navy Seeks Property To Build Remediation Plant

By Frank Rizzo -
Massa[equa Observer (NY)
December 24, 2016

Joe DeFranco of the Nassau County Department of Health (left) talks with Lewis Puoplo of Seaford at the Bethpage Plume meeting. (Photo by Frank Rizzo)
Editor’s note: This is part 2 of a story about the 39th twice-annual meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB), hosted last month by the U.S. Navy.

The contaminated area encompassed by the Bethpage Plume is part of what the Navy calls its Operable Unit 2 and has been named RE108. It extends from just south of Central Avenue in Bethpage (near the old Grumman plant) to just south of the Hempstead Turnpike/Hicksville Road intersection in Plainedge. Test borings have confirmed, at depths of up to 800 feet, levels of trichloroethylene (TEC) at up to 4,700 parts per billion (ppb). Under the state’s Safe Drinking Water Act, the maximum contaminant level for TCE is 5 ppb. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists TCE as a human carcinogen.

RE108 has been tabbed as a “hotspot” because it has TCE levels of 1,000 ppb and higher. Another hotspot, named GM-38, has been treated since 2009, when the Navy erected a treatment plant astride Route 135 and about 2,000 feet north of Hempstead Turnpike. In the 1990s, several drinking water wells operated by the Bethpage Water District were found to be contaminated by TCE and taken off line.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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