Long Island town sues Navy, others over water contamination

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island town has filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against the Navy, Northrup Grumman and others over groundwater contamination that forced the closure of water wells. Newsday reports ( http://nwsdy.li/29BlXmX ) Hempstead filed the lawsuit late last month, alleging...

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island town has filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against the Navy, Northrup Grumman and others over groundwater contamination that forced the closure of water wells.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/29BlXmX ) Hempstead filed the lawsuit late last month, alleging that negligent behavior led to contaminated water supplies in the Levittown water district. The town discovered low levels of Freon and volatile organic chemicals at two well sites.

The town is spending $7 million to build water treatment facilities. Town officials say the lawsuit is meant to protect residents and recover funds spent on remediation.

Some of the contamination stems from a more than 600-acre site where the Navy and what's now known as Northrop Grumman manufactured airplanes.

The Navy declined to comment. The company didn't respond to requests for comment.

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

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