EPA holds public hearing on plan to clean contaminated groundwater in New Cassel and Hicksville
The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing Thursday about a site in the New Cassel and Hicksville area they say has been contaminated by industrial pollution.
The hearing was part of the EPA's 30-day public comment period informing residents about its plan to clean up contaminated groundwater at the aquifer of the New Cassel - Hicksville Superfund site.
The agency's proposal calls for the installation of deep wells to tap into the polluted groundwater, which would then be pumped and sent to a newly constructed treatment plant.
EPA officials say the goal would be to remove the contamination from the groundwater before releasing it back into the ground or a nearby waterway.
Residents tell News 12 they are glad that there is a plan to put homeowners' concerns at ease.
The EPA estimates the cost of the plan to be $99 million and will take place over 30 years.
According to the EPA, residents of the Hempstead, Hicksville and Westbury areas have been receiving drinking water from public water supplies that have treatment systems installed so that the drinking water meets state standards.