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Aggressive action overdue on Bethpage plume

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http://www.newsday.com/opinion/editorial/aggressive-action-overdue-on-bethpage-plume-editorial-1.9986675For decades, groundwater contamination has been spreading from the defense manufacturing facility once operated by Grumman and the U.S. Navy. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been working with Grumman and the Navy to contain the plume and clean it. Thirteen drinking-water wells in four communities are receiving or being prepared for treatment for contamination.

The toxic plume — admittedly complex and actually two separate plumes — is now 4 miles long and nearly 2 miles at its widest.

Long enough for a newborn to become a parent. Long enough for nearly eight presidential terms. But not long enough, apparently, to corral and clean the Northrop Grumman plume in Bethpage.

It’s an awful mess, and continues to get worse. For decades, groundwater contamination has been spreading from the defense manufacturing facility once operated by Grumman and the U.S. Navy. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been working with Grumman and the Navy to contain the plume and clean it. But those efforts have been insufficient.

The toxic plume — admittedly complex and actually two separate plumes — is now 4 miles long and nearly 2 miles at its widest. And it’s deeper in places than once thought. Thirteen drinking-water wells in four communities are receiving or being prepared for treatment for contamination.

The Navy is installing 31 new monitoring devices — adding to more than 100 already installed — to determine the extent of the plume. Thirty years after it was discovered. How can that be?

There is plenty of blame to go around. But the bottom line is that the time for urgency is long overdue. Because while solutions are devised, the plume keeps moving — toward Massapequa, Levittown, South Farmingdale and, ultimately, the Great South Bay. It must be stopped. Aggressive action overdue on Bethpage plume – Editorial – Newsday

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