Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced an agreement 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. This clears the way for injured parties to continue their action against Oyster Bay for injuries associated with the Grumman toxins.
Area residents have been exposed to a massive toxic plume emanating from Grumman’s local operations buried on town property. A combination of toxic contaminants have been released into the ground. Due to the chemicals’ extreme volatility, the contaminants are migrating up through the soil and into the residents’ yards, basements, and homes. Exposed families are at a risk of liver damage, kidney damage, cardiovascular damage, impaired immune system function, bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, renal cell carcinoma, as well as other illnesses and cancers. Pregnant women are especially at risk, as ingestion could impair fetal development.
“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.