- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) - State environmental officials are demanding a defense contractor grant access to wells monitoring a Long Island plume. This comes after the Bethpage Water District reported elevated levels of radium in two wells.

The water in one has been locked off from the water supply system since 2013. The other is being used only as a reserve, such as for fire emergencies.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1MjPrxz ) Bethpage officials want the Department of Environmental Conversation to find out where the radium is coming from.

DEC officials say radium testing is under way at 52 wells.

The region has long been plagued by plumes emanating from a Bethpage site. It was formerly used by the Navy and later by Northrop Grumman for aviation manufacturing.

Northrop Grumman says it is working with authorities.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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