Long Island Water Supply to be Tested
At first glance, the 4.5 by 3.5 mile aerospace plant in Bethpage, Long Island that manufactured weaponry during World War II and supplied the equipment to land a man on the moon looks interesting – but certainly not innocent.
This plant, which was once the headquarters of Grumman Aerospace Corp., the US Navy and other defense agencies, ceased manufacturing in 1996. Unfortunately, the long-lasting effects on Long Island plumbing and Nassau County water supply could be even more detrimental than the defense agents they once produced.
The Bethpage plume has been a source of concern for citizens for quite some time now. The rate of cancer in this area is much higher than in other areas of the county, and many believe it is the impact of this aerospace plume that has caused it. Contamination of plumbing on Long Island and the overall water supply could be the culprit of carcinogens in Long Island water supply, which of course, leads to higher rates of cancer in the population.
Just today, Governor Cuomo announced that the state of New York will move forward with a deeper investigation of this mysterious source of possible contamination on Long Island.
“Companies can close up and move away, but that doesn’t mean the residue they left in the ground just goes away,” stated Governor Cuomo. “Once we know what we’re dealing with, we’ll have an intelligent plan for remediation.”
During this investigation, independent labs will test the plumbing on Long Island and its possible negative impact on Long Island water supply by looking for a chemical called 4-Dioxane. This will uncover and pinpoint any possible procedures performed at this property that may be the cause of issues with Long Island plumbing, contamination of water supply, and most alarmingly, the high cancer rate in this region.
“Information is power,” he added. “Once we knew what we’re dealing with, we’ll have answers.”