With recent reports showing that Grumman Aerospace used radioactive materials for testing and development purposes, contradicting their previous assertions to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino is calling for the complete hydraulic containment and remediation of the Grumman Navy Plume.
“This discovery is a sobering reminder that we must continue to keep New York State moving toward building the infrastructure recently pledged by Governor Cuomo in the Clean Water Infrastructure Act to hydraulically contain the plume and protect our drinking water by removing these harmful chemicals from our groundwater,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Just as importantly, the polluters must be held accountable and our taxpayers need to be protected from shouldering the financial burden associated with this clean up. I will continue to work tirelessly with my colleagues at all levels of government to ultimately stop the migration of this plume and remove all contaminants.”
The issues surrounding the clean-up of this site were addressed only weeks ago at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Grumman Navy Plume Remediation Public Hearing conducted by Supervisor Saladino at Bethpage High School. The hearing included the New York State DEC, local water districts and officials from all levels of government and explicitly demonstrated the urgent need for immediate action.
Supervisor Saladino said is the time for action is now.
“I am urging New York State to build the infrastructure to stop the plume and remove any radioactive materials and other harmful chemicals like TCE, PCE, solvents and the 1-4 dioxane that have all been found in high concentrations in our aquifer system,” he said. “This has been a top priority of mine for many years as a member of the New York State Assemblyman and now as Supervisor of the Town of Oyster Bay and I will continue to work tirelessly to protect residents and their drinking water. We cannot stop until the migration of the plume is stopped and all its contaminates are removed.”