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EPA proposes Superfund site in Nassau

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to consolidate industrial areas in Nassau County into one site and add it to the Superfund list of hazardous waste locations, making the site eligible for federal cleanup money.

The locations in Hicksville, New Cassel, Westbury, Hempstead and Salisbury consist of contaminated ground water, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

A Superfund designation allows the agency "to further investigate the extent of the contamination and its sources and remediate it," the EPA said in a news release.

The EPA, which has conducted an initial investigation of the site, will solicit public input over a 60-day period before making a final decision on whether to add the area to the Superfund list.

The site was referred to the EPA by New York Department of Environmental Conservation after tests revealed contaminated drinking water in the Hicksville area and EPA tests last August confirmed the presence of pollutants, including compounds used in dry cleaning and metal degreasing.

"The EPA should be commended for taking a proactive step towards what is so critical for families and children here in Nassau County: to fully understand the extent of the pollution here, and make sure that it's cleaned up as quickly and safely as possible," said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola).

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