2020 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2020 18:20:30 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: "Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement to Advance Full Containment of Navy-Grumman Plume, " Bethpage area, NY
News Release
DECEMBER 21, 2020 
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement to Advance Full Containment of Navy-Grumman Plume

State Secures Commitments from U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman to Construct Wells and Infrastructure to Clean Up Contaminated Groundwater Plume 

Northrop Grumman to Provide $104.4 Million in Natural Resource Damages

Critical Action to Protect and Restore Long Island's Sole Source Aquifer 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an agreement in principle with the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman to advance the Department of Environmental Conservation's comprehensive plan to contain and clean up the groundwater plume associated with the Northrop Grumman Bethpage Facility and Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant sites in the town of Oyster Bay in Bethpage, Nassau County. Under the agreement, the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman will begin construction of a network of extraction wells to hydraulically contain and remediate the contaminated plume. In addition, Northrop Grumman agreed to a Natural Resource Damages settlement totaling $104.4 million that will be used to advance cleanup, water supply, and aquifer protection projects associated with the plume in this area. Long believed to be impossible, full containment of this groundwater plume will prevent the further spread of contamination to water supplies in neighboring communities and provide peace of mind to local residents. 

"For decades one of the most critical and intractable problems for Long Island was the toxic contamination caused by the Grumman and Navy sites. With this settlement — the largest of its kind in state history — we're making the polluters pay and remedy the environmental degradation they caused," Governor Cuomo said. "The problem was talked about for years, and many were convinced a resolution would never come, but in New York we don't back down in the fight against industrial pollution."  

The agreement, which is being finalized by legal teams representing New York State, the U.S. Navy, and Northrop Grumman, marks a significant milestone in negotiations between the parties to reach consensus on the methodology and resources required to implement and complete all phases of a comprehensive cleanup plan and to assess and determine associated financial responsibility.  


For the entire release, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
A project of the Pacific Studies Center
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