New York wins an aerospace cleanup contract with Navy, Northrop Grumman
BETHPAGE, NY – New York has reached an agreement with defense company Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy on a $ 406 million plan to clean up massive underground pollution left over from Long Island’s heyday as the hub of the aerospace industry Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
Northrop Grumman will pay a $ 104 million settlement for environmental damage used for the 30-year containment project and related efforts, including protecting local wells and water systems endangered by pollution from the Bethpage facility were. Grumman and the Navy will do most of the work.
Cuomo announced the deal almost a year after the state threatened to bring polluters to justice facilities in Nassau County.
Cuomo said the settlement was the largest of its kind in the state’s history. Once the agreement is finalized by attorneys from the state, Grumman, and the Navy, it will be placed on a grade of approval.
“It’s been a long fight, but it will protect the drinking water for the people of Long Island,” Cuomo said at his daily press conference in Albany.
Grumman said in a statement that the cleanup agreement reaffirms his “longstanding commitment to ongoing collaborative efforts to further protect the Bethpage community”.
A message seeking comment was left with the Navy.
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Grumman built fighter jets at the Bethpage plant for about six decades until 1996. It was there that the Apollo lunar module that was used for the moon landings was brought to life. The Navy had an adjoining Northrup Grumman-operated facility on the 2.5 square kilometer site where military aircraft were researched, tested, designed and assembled.
The cloud discovered in the 1970s contains 24 pollutants, according to the state’s Department of the Environment. These include TCE, which has been found to be carcinogenic, and 1,4-dioxane, which is potentially carcinogenic.
The contamination is approximately 6.5 kilometers long and in some places more than 3 kilometers wide and has polluted 11 public water wells and threatened another 16, according to the DEC. The polluted wells have been treated for TCE and related compounds so that they can continue to be used for drinking water purposes, according to the DEC.
Under the agreement, the Navy will set up a network of hydraulic safety wells on the southern edge of the cloud along the Southern State Parkway to halt expansion.
Grumman will design and drill containment wells in other areas of the cloud to prevent further spread and provide additional protection to nearby public water supply wells, the state said. Some of the work will start early next year.