Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino has announced that the Town of Oyster Bay, together with state and local organizations, will host an educational hearing regarding cleanup efforts of the Grumman Navy Plume this Wednesday, May 24, at Bethpage High School beginning at 7 p.m.

“After 13 years of working to get New York State and our Governors on board with cleaning up the contamination in our groundwater, we are finally getting close to making this a reality,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I am appreciative to be working with the residents, the Bethpage Water District, and the leaders of the Bethpage community in an effort to fully remediate and finally clean up the contamination of the Grumman Navy Plume.”

Supervisor Saladino has made the remediation of the plume his highest priority since becoming a Member of the New York State Assembly in 2004. Among his vast initiatives include the New York State law which he wrote and had passed in 2014, together with Senator Kemp Hannon in the State Senate, which mandated that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation create an in-depth report which proves that hydraulic containment will work effectively on the plume and lays out the design of how to best accomplish that goal. “Now is the time to keep New York State moving toward building the infrastructure to stop the plume and remove harmful chemicals like TCE, PCE, solvents and the 1-4 dioxane that have all been found in high concentrations in our aquifer system,” Supervisor Saladino explained.

The Supervisor noted that he will join forces with Nassau County Legislators Rose Marie Walker, Laura Schaefer, and James Kennedy, as well as the Bethpage Water District and Bethpage School District, in keeping residents informed and to build a coalition of effective leaders in continuing to guide the DEC toward full hydraulic containment and remediation.

“We will continue working together with the residents, the Bethpage Water District and important community groups like the Bethpage School District and our civic associations to create the highest levels of collaboration, cooperation and communication,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Our residents’ support is essential in this effort. Working together, we can convince the State that we need to once and for all stop the migration of this plume and remove all contaminants.”