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Agencies have failed to protect aquifer

Photo on the LIE heading eastbound of the

Photo on the LIE heading eastbound of the HOV lane between exit at overpass to exit 49, NY, on Friday September 26, 2008. (Photo by Richard Slattery) em Photo Credit: RICHARD SLATTERY / Photo by Richard Slattery

Americans have lost faith in the political system and their elected officials, and the handling of the underground toxic plume in the Bethpage area is a prime example of government at its worst [“Defense contractor scuttles well proposal,” News, July 15].

Pollution by the Navy and what is now Northrop Grumman resulted in the plume poisoning our sole-source aquifer, and this has been known since the original contamination in the 1940s. The Navy and Grumman shut down their on-site wells in the 1960s and contracted with the Bethpage district to provide clean water.

The plume has allowed significant contaminants to reach the Bethpage wells and forced some to be closed.

We taxpayers have paid billions of dollars to support the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in their covenant with us to protect the environment and especially our drinking water. Both of these regulatory agencies have failed in this case.

Frank John Caruso, Massapequa

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