2020 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:11:48 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, CONTRACTOR: "The Grumman Plume: Decades of Deceit, " Bethpage and downgradient, Long Island, NY
[Newsday has published an exhaustive series documenting the history of the contamination emanating from the Navy-Grumman site in Bethpage New York. There is an opportunity here to undertake an expensive, lengthy, comprehensive groundwater remedy. It has been a long time a-coming. See my 2011 report at http://www.cpeo.org/pubs/Bethpage.pdf - LS]

The Grumman Plume
Decades of Deceit

By Paul LaRocco and David M. Schwartz 
Long Island Newsday (NY)
February 18, 2020

Grumman, the Bethpage aerospace giant, knew as far back as the mid-1970s that its toxic chemicals were contaminating area groundwater, but it kept secret crucial information that could have helped stop what is now Long Island’s most intractable environmental crisis, a Newsday investigation found.

On numerous occasions, particularly during a critical 15-year period, the company made public statements that directly contradicted the alarming evidence it held, as it avoided culpability and millions in costs.

This behavior was long enabled by government officials who downplayed the pollution and did little to contain its spread from Grumman’s once-600-acre site, through Bethpage and into neighboring communities.

The nine-month Newsday investigation, built on thousands of pages of records and scores of interviews, charts a largely hidden history, one that emerges, most strikingly, in confidential Grumman and government documents revealed for the first time.


For the first article, go to

The Table of Contents contains links to the other articles as well as a video documentary.


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
A project of the Pacific Studies Center
P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042
Voice/Fax: 650-961-8918

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