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New Facility To Test Contaminant Removal In Long Island Wastewater

A new research facility on Long Island will study how to remove nitrogen and other harmful contaminants from wastewater. The facility will help protect drinking water and the environment.

Scientists, environmentalists and local lawmakers gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Wastewater Research and Innovation Facility.

“This facility is designed to bring forth the next generation of nitrogen-reducing and removing biofilters that will be smaller, will be even more effective, and even more widespread,” said Dr. Chris Gobler, with the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University.

Studies show that nitrogen from cesspools and septic systems contaminates Long Island’s drinking water and harms marine life. 

The new facility will also explore how to combat high levels of emerging contaminants, like 1,4-dioxane.