HICKSVILLE - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it has found both toxic and radioactive chemicals at the former Sylvania plant in Hicksville that processed fuel rods for nuclear power stations.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Army Corps of Engineers closed the plant and four neighboring industrial locations back in 2001.

The EPA says it is now proposing to designate the affected area of Hicksville, as well as sites in New Cassel, Westbury, Salisbury, and Hempstead, as one Superfund site, making them eligible for federal cleanup aid.

Superfund cleanups are paid for by the polluters, not by tax dollars. Verizon now owns the former Sylvania plant, but it has not commented on the situation.