"It's outrageous that for decades the U.S. Navy and Northrup Grumman slow-walked the cleanup of the Navy-Grumman plume, even though they knew its toxic chemicals were contaminating water and potentially endangering residents. That's why I directed DEC to develop a new, robust plan to fully contain the plume and stop it from spreading.
"Jobs and industry are obviously critically important, but we cannot sacrifice the health of our communities. This administration does not sit idly by and that's why we initiated the full containment of the plume and we will work until the job is done. We will continue to prioritize actions across the state to hold U.S. Navy, Northrup Grumman and other polluters accountable and ensure the safe and protective cleanup of our industrial past."