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LI Congress Members Call On EPA To Help Clean Up Water Supply

June 18, 2019 - 3:27 pm

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Long Island members of Congress, along with environmentalists are asking the Environmental Protection Agency for help in cleaning up contaminants in the water supply.

“Right now it's very frightening. It frightens me. It frightens my neighbors. It frightens everybody that I speak to,” said one Garden City resident.

For months, a known carcinogen called 1,4-dioxane – found in laundry detergent, shampoos, and other cleaning products – has also been turning up in 185 drinking water wells on Long Island.

1,4-dioxane on Long Island
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Hardly anything has been done to improve the drinking water and many residents told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that they’re concerned.

Now, Long Island members of Congress, including Kathleen Rice, are turning to the federal government to set new stricter standards for the levels of chemicals allowed in drinking water and for hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up what was found in many districts.

“A recent study by (New York Public Interest Research Group) recently found that Long Island's drinking water supply is the most contaminated in New York State,” Rice noted.

She says the cancer causing chemicals – including PFOA’s and PFOS’s – have been found in many systems, public and private.

As they await federal funding, some water district officials have, or will soon be adding filters to clean up the chemicals.