2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 08:29:31 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, CONTRACTORS: Delegation insists Navy clean Calverton (NY) plume
'Cleanup is needed' in Calverton

Riverhead News-Review (NY)
July 9, 2009

Saying "new action is sorely needed," a trio of New York representatives in Washington is urging the U.S. Navy to scrap its long-held theory that chemicals in groundwater south of its Calverton property are disappearing on their own.

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Rep. Timothy Bishop, are insisting that the Navy pay for all cleanup and monitoring of the pollution plume -- the heart of which is feared to be heading straight for the Peconic River -- and reimburse Suffolk County for its efforts in trying to better gauge it.

"In particular, we are very concerned that the end of this plume has still not been identified," the representatives wrote in a letter sent to the Navy yesterday. "Suffolk County's monitoring initiative has exposed glaring holes in the current monitoring and remediation plan and new action is sorely needed."

The letter comes less than a week after the Riverhead News-Review acquired and published results of the county Department of Health Services' second round of groundwater testing near the Navy-owned land, the site of a Northrop Grumman weapons plant that closed in 1996.


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Lenny Siegel
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