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Posted on: January 22, 2015

[ARCHIVED] 01/22/15 - Legislator Walker Fights for Expedited Cleanup at Sylvania Site

Sylvania Site Cleanup

Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker joined her colleagues in government U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and County Legislator Laura Schaefer in calling for the completion of the cleanup at the former Sylvania Corning Plant by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. While the process has been going on for decades, the federal government is still technically on step one of four in the rebuilding process. The trio called on the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite a report that would allow work to continue at the site.

“This is a serious concern that involves the health and safety of our residents,” said Legislator Walker. “I would like to specifically thank the Hicksville Water District for always staying on top of and monitoring this issue and ensuring our water is safe for our community.”

Between 1952 and 1965, Sylvania Electric Products conducted nuclear work on site under a contract to the Atomic Energy Commission as well as other nuclear work for commercial and other government contracts. The company produced nuclear fuel rods for power plants using radioactive materials, such as uranium and thorium, and similar volatile organic compounds like PCE and TCE. This waste has contaminated parts of the soil and ground water. In fact, in recent years, numerous employees working for a company on Cantiague Rock Road have developed illnesses that may be related to the former nuclear facility.

Pictured are: Legislator Walker, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer, and Hicksville Water District Superintendent William Schuckmann.

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