Bill S7160-2011

Directs the department of environmental conservation to expedite cleanup efforts at the former Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation facility in Bethpage, N.Y.

Directs the department of environmental conservation to expedite cleanup efforts at the former Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation facility in Bethpage, NY.

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  • May 1, 2012: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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BILL NUMBER:S7160

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the department of environmental conservation to expedite cleanup efforts at the former Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation facilities at Bethpage

PURPOSE: Directs the DEC to expedite cleanup efforts at the former Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation facility in Bethpage, New York.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one directs the DEC to expedite the design and construction phases in regard to cleanup efforts at the former Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation facilities in Bethpage.

Section two requires the DEC to develop construction quality control, construction quality assurance, and contingency reports for areas of the site in the design phase. Further, it requires the development of interim remedial measures for both emergency and non-emergency situations that may arise during the cleanup.

Section three of the bill provides that the plans described in section two be followed accurately and timely to remove potentially harmful chemicals from the site and to reduce any threat to the public health during the construction phase.

Section four provides that the act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: Prompted by concerns of contaminated groundwater and the potential threat to the public and environmental health, this legislation would require the DEC to expedite the cleanup process at the site of the former Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation in Bethpage, Town of Oyster Bay.

In 1962, the Grumman Aerospace (now Northrop Grumman) donated 18 acres of land to the Town of Oyster Bay for the Bethpage Community Park. Prior to this land donation, Grumman Aerospace used portions of the site for sludge drying areas, or settling ponds, to dispose of liquid wastes. Once dried, the sludge was removed and sent off site for landfill disposal.

In 2002, Northrop Grumman, after routine testing of the soil, reported elevated levels of PCBs in the areas to the DEC and the Department of Health. Newly installed groundwater monitoring wells on the south side of the Bethpage Community Park have detected volatile organic compounds in the groundwater.

This legislation would require the state to expedite its removal of hazardous chemical from this site in order to protect the health and safety of residents.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7160 IN SENATE May 1, 2012 ___________
Introduced by Sen. HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to direct the department of environmental conservation to expe- dite cleanup efforts at the former Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corpo- ration facilities at Bethpage THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The department of environmental conservation shall expedite the design and construction phases in regard to cleanup efforts at the former Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation facilities in Bethpage, Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County. S 2. For areas of the site in the design phase, the department of environmental conservation will develop construction quality control, construction quality assurance, and contingency reports. Interim remedi- al measures will also be developed for both emergency and non-emergency situations that may arise during the cleanup process. S 3. During the construction phase at the site, the plans described in section two of this act will be followed accurately and in a timely manner to remove potentially harmful chemicals from the site and reduce threats to the public health. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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