2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 08:15:20 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: Navy explain position on Calverton (NY)
Navy on plume: No health risk

Suffolk Times (NY)
August 6, 2009

There are no major health and safety concerns relating to the groundwater plume flowing from the former Naval Weapons Facility at Calverton, according to an assistant secretary of the Navy who responded this week to federal legislators' calls for a federal cleanup at the site.

An update on the Navy's position on the matter was detailed in an e-mail sent this week to The Suffolk Times by Lt. JG Laura Stegherr of the Navy Office of Information in Washington, D.C. Lt. Stegherr's message summarizes a recent letter sent to Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).

Responding to concerns raised by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services about "toxic compounds in public drinking water wells off-site and in the Peconic River," the three legislators called on the Navy last month to take "advanced remediation action" at the site, reimburse the county for testing and "protecting other resources from the plume" and extend monetary support for the Calverton Restoration Advisory Board beyond the current $100,000 limit.


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