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High levels of toxic waste found near Bethpage well

High levels of a potential carcinogen have been found in groundwater in Bethpage near a former naval industrial site, and local water districts worry that public-supply wells could be affected.

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What is the biggest challenge facing environmentalists trying to save LI's threatened water system?

Nitrogen pollution from septic systems Too much polluted water runoff Weak environmental protections for the region Lack of water quality education