It took 43 years but the end is now in sight in the environmental cleanup of a former aircraft parts repair property a block west of the Tanger Outlets mall in Deer Park.
Dec. 5 is the day the state will delist the Superfund site at 120 Marcus Blvd., where SMS Instruments dumped an estimated 35,000 gallons of toxic waste into the ground -- and groundwater.
Meanwhile there are still a few weeks for anyone, including the neighboring property owners or tenants, to come forward with new information about the site's environmental status. Nov. 18 is the deadline for getting in touch with Payson Long, project manager at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
"If you own property adjacent to this site and are renting or leasing your property to someone else, please share this information with them," the DEC asks in a public notice.
Surrounding businesses include Monster Mini Golf, Domino's Pizza and a Children's Place clothing store.
The Superfund site "no longer presents a threat to public health or the environment. . ." the DEC said, adding, "the cleanup objectives for the site have been met and, therefore, there will be no institutional controls placed on the property."
Newsday has been covering the story for decades. An Aug. 13, 1989, story -- titled "After 20 Years, Cleanup in Sight; U.S. Superfund work to take at least 4 years" -- said Babylon Town officials first learned of the pollution in 1968.