Northrop Grumman

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Three Long Island water districts have sent a letter to Northrop Grumman headquarters in Virginia criticizing the company for letting groundwater contamination spread in and around its former plant in Bethpage.

Cuomo Announces Groundwater Study Funding

Feb 19, 2016

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $6 million study of Long Island’s groundwater. Cuomo made the announcement on Thursday at Stony Brook University.

Cuomo said the state needs more information on what’s in residents' drinking water.

NYS To Begin Testing Groundwater Near Former Northrop Grumman Plant

Feb 18, 2016
Frank Eltman / AP

A plume of toxic chemicals has been spreading slowly underground near the former Northrop Grumman plant in Bethpage, N.Y., for 60 years. It was formed by a chemical that the defense contractor used to build fighter jets for the U.S. Navy.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the state began testing ground water in Massapequa, which sits in the plume’s path between the old plant and the ocean, to see if and when the plume might pose a danger to people who live nearby.