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Seaford meeting set over Grumman plume

Seaford is a hamlet in the Town of

Seaford is a hamlet in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County. (July 3, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)

Representatives from the Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations, the Seaford Harbor Civic Association and the Massapequa Water District will discuss the status of the Grumman plume at a meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Seaford Fire House (2170 Southard Ave.) in Seaford. Massapequa Water Commissioner John Caruso is expected to make a presentation.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking comments until July 30 on its $61.5 million proposal to treat the Superfund site at Bethpage Community Park, a former Northrop Grumman site turned over to Oyster Bay Town in 1962.

The groundwater is contaminated with high levels of trichloroethene, or TCE, and soils contain polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB. Both are carcinogens.

Grumman assembled and tested aircraft for the U.S. Navy from the 1930s to the 1990s, leaving an underground plume of industrial solvents, Navy officials have said. As a result, the Navy in May installed a temporary water filter system at 670 Seamans Neck Rd. in Levittown.

The temporary treatment facility is part of a $5 million pump-and-filter plant to be completed by April 2013 to help filter pollution threatening local drinking water, officials have said. The land was owned by Aqua New York Inc., which supplied drinking water to parts of Hempstead and Oyster Bay towns until American Water Works Co. recently acquired it.

For more information about the meeting, visit nccca.us, email contact@nccca.us or call 516-987-4377.

Tags: Seaford , Massapequa , Levittown , Grumman plume

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