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Long Island Airport Declared Superfund Site

East Hampton Airport
Frank Eltman
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AP

New York designated a section of East Hampton Airport in Wainscott, Long Island, as a Superfund site. That means a serious chemical clean-up is needed.

The new Superfund site includes East Hampton Airport’s fire training facility, fuel depot and firefighting storage facility.

A state Department of Environmental Conservation investigation found high levels of PFAS, a chemical used in firefighting foam, in the facility.

Years of practice drills allowed foam to seep into the soil and contaminate the drinking water beneath the airport.

The same thing happened at other Long Island Superfund sites, including at Suffolk County Fire Academy and the Hampton Bays fire station.

East Hampton Town plans to work with the DEC on the clean-up.