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Letter: Take action now on Bethpage plume

Northrop Grumman contractors drill at the corner of

Northrop Grumman contractors drill at the corner of William Street and Broadway in Bethpage on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, as part of an ongoing investigation of a decades-old plume emanating from former manufacturing sites run by the Navy and what is now Northrop Grumman. Credit: Barry Sloan

The story “Meeting focus: What to do with Bethpage plume water” [News, April 21] detailed a meeting hosted by the Navy. State officials attended.

Over many years, those responsible for the planning and execution of a solution to prevent further contamination have allowed the Navy, Northrop Grumman and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to vacillate on an urgently required, aggressive course of action. This plume is not new.

It’s time to say, “No more!” It’s time to demand a specific response and to demand a class-action lawsuit against all those responsible.

Phil Healey, Massapequa

Editor’s note: The writer is the president of the Biltmore Shores Civic Association.