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Letter: Stop studying groundwater plume

An environmental worker takes a sample from a

An environmental worker takes a sample from a test well above a toxic plume in Bay Shore near the home of a resident who reported strong odors from water pumped from beneath his basement. Credit: Handout

Newsday has published several articles and editorials regarding the ongoing testing and plans to drill additional wells next year -- to monitor the plumes that are contaminating our precious groundwater ["Bethpage plume just gets worse," Editorial, March 2]. Really?

Newsday has published a plume map several times over the years. It would seem that the state Department of Environmental Conservation and others have a pretty good idea where the current contamination exists.

At what point will our elected officials stand up and demand funding for serious, effective mitigation of this crisis, which must be addressed immediately? We cannot continue to drill additional test wells next year and put off treating the ever-widening contamination while additional data is analyzed.

James P. Kelly, Patchogue

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