New York State added a Hampton Bays fire station to its Superfund registry on Wednesday, the third Suffolk site listed for hazardous waste cleanup since 2016 because of links to firefighting foam.
The 2-acre site at 69 W. Montauk Hwy. “presents a significant threat to public health and/or the environment,” according to a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation notice. The move will lead to further investigation and an eventual plan to clean up the site, state DEC officials said.
The man-made chemicals perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) had been detected at drinking water supply wells in 2014, 600 feet from the fire station. The levels of PFOS had been 82 parts per trillion, above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's lifetime health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion.
Investigators last year sampled groundwater at the Hampton Bays Fire Department site and found PFOS contamination at 2,400 parts per trillion.