Source Of Quogue Water Contamination Unclear
The Southampton Town supervisor called for a deeper investigation to be done November 1, looking into water flow tables and test results at locations near the Damascus Road landfill to determine if it, or other areas, are the source of high levels of perfluorooctanesulfonic and perfluorooctanoic acid.
The DEC listed the parcel as a problem or Class “P” site, or possible Superfund site, and the town was ordered to begin an investigation.
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During the DEC’s original testing, 11,200 parts per trillion of PFAS and 424 parts per trillion of PFOA were detected.
But Schneiderman said he’d like to see a water-mapping table developed to see if the flow of water could be carrying the contamination from other sources to the former landfill.
“But we don’t really have a lot of answers on that at this point.” He said the northern end of the main runway at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, a nearby explosive storage facility, and what he called a “mysterious” one-acre site on which nothing seems to grow could be clues affecting the results at Damascus Road.
The county is currently testing wells at the airport, and findings are expected to be presented in the next week or two.
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“There’s a foredrawn conclusion in the draft report that it’s one or the other, and I’m just not sure it is at this point,” the councilman said of declaring the former landfill site a Superfund or brownfield.