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Former LI Missile Base May Become Superfund Site

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Four U.S. Air Force BOMARC nuclear antiaircraft missiles, as seen in a 1959 photo.

New York officials say the former BOMARC Missile Base in Westhampton might qualify as a Superfund site after hazardous chemicals were detected in two nearby private wells. 

BOMARC was home to 56 nuclear missiles until the 186-acre site was decommissioned in 1964. 

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it will continue to test water and soil samples to determine if the BOMARC site is hazardous. 

Suffolk County health officials say the public water supply meets all existing drinking water standards.  

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.