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Schumer: Navy Must Develop Public Water Plan Near Calverton Weapons Facility

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has again urged the Navy to develop a plan intended to connect residents living near a former Calverton Naval weapons manufacturer to public water. Tests show contaminants in private wells nearby.

Schumer has also asked the Navy to expand its investigation into toxic chemicals that leaked from the facility, operated by Northrop Gruman.

In July, New York state adopted a new drinking water standard for PFOS, a chemical found in firefighting foams, and nonstick resistant products. The chemicals were also found in the private wells.

The Suffolk County Department of Health is also sampling private wells in the vicinity.