Read the full article by Mike Adams (Great Neck Record)
“New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the state’s Environmental Facilities Corporation would dole out $120 million in grants aimed at helping Long Island water districts, including the Water Authority of Great Neck North and the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District, combat emerging contaminants like 1,4-dioxane, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS)…
The grants, which are intended to help fund the district’s construction of Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) filtration systems in each well where the level of 1,4-dioxane detected exceeds 1.0 part per billion (ppb), a maximum contaminant level approved by the New York State Department of Health last summer.
The 23 total grants given out to Long Island water districts, which range from $42,000 to just over $14 million, fund at most 60 percent of the estimated cost of setting up the necessary number of AOP systems in each district. Previous announcements capped the total amount of money in any one grant at $3 million.
For the Water Authority of Great Neck North, which services the communities of Great Neck Village, Great Neck Estates, Saddle Rock, Kings Point, Kensington, portions of Thomaston and Great Neck Plaza and some unincorporated areas in the Town of North Hempstead, the state is contributing $3 million to the estimated $5 million project to set up a filtration system in a single well. The authority said steps to implement the system are already underway, and it will continue to seek grant money as it becomes available….
Both the Water Authority of Great Neck North and the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District are currently suing the Dow Chemical Company, Ferro Corporation and Vulcan Materials Company with claims the companies released 1,4-dioxane into the water supply while aware of its health risks. The districts are two of 23 on Long Island suing the companies for damages to help cover the costs of filtering the contaminant so the burden isn’t placed on taxpayers. The suits are ungoing, and the Water Authority of Great Neck North reiterated its commitment to holding the chemical companies accountable to paying for the damage when contacted by the Great Neck Record for comment…”