State DEC Will Investigate Chemical Contamination In Wainscott Wells - 27 East

Real Estate News

Real Estate News / 1398836

State DEC Will Investigate Chemical Contamination In Wainscott Wells

icon 1 Photo

author on Nov 28, 2017

The State Department of Environmental Conservation will conduct an investigation this coming winter and spring into the source of the chemical contamination of groundwater in Wainscott, at the request of East Hampton Town.

If the source of the contamination is found to be someplace on the town-owned East Hampton Airport property, the town could be made to pay for the costs of the research. Even so, the Town Board agreed last week to ask the DEC to conduct the investigation rather than having the town do the investigation itself. “It’s clear that they are in a better position to do this investigation, with our complete cooperation,” Supervisor Larry Cantwell said. The investigation “will include a search of records, and the possibility that there will be soil testing and that some new wells will be drilled in order to determine possible sources.”

Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski noted that were the town to take on the investigation itself it would need to hire consultants to do the actual work. The DEC will likely use a combination of its own experienced staff and hired consultants, officials acknowledged, and could recoup its costs from the town if the contamination is determined to be coming from town property.

The Suffolk County Department of Health discovered several wells earlier this year that were contaminated with two chemical compounds—perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA—that are commonly used in firefighting foam and in a variety of plastics.

The Health Department tests have turned up 28 wells in Wainscott that show signs of PFOS or PFOA contamination, though only one was found with levels of the compounds higher than what is considered a health concern for humans. Two dozen of the wells tested had no traces of either compound in them, and results from another 93 wells are still pending.

About 80 private wells in the region identified as thought to be potentially at risk for contamination have yet to be tested, according to the most recent report from the Health Department. There are 246 residential properties identified as of concern in the region, which runs from the airport to just south of Montauk Highway between Townline Road and Daniels Hole Road.

Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez said that 80 homeowners are currently receiving deliveries of bottled water—paid for by the town—for drinking and cooking.

The DEC investigation is expected to take three to six months to complete. The state officials will hold a public information meeting for local residents in January or February, once they have developed their work plan for the investigation.

The airport has been seen as a likely source of the contamination, because firefighting supplies that contain the two compounds have been stored at the property for decades, and because there is a firefighter training facility on town-owned property adjacent to the airport.

But Mr. Sendlenski warned against jumping to conclusions.

“We don’t know that the source is at East Hampton Airport,” he said. “There’s been a lot of talk that, of course, it’s this, there’s been rumors it’s this. But until the investigation is complete, they won’t know what the source is—that’s why they do the investigation.”

You May Also Like:

Charles Gwathmey-Designed Amagansett House Sells For $3.5M

An Amagansett home by famed architect Charles Gwathmey himself sold for $3.5 million on Friday, ... 24 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer

Newly Built Little Plains Road Residence Sells For $11.35M

A newly built Southampton Village residence by Northport’s Schuttinger Building has sold for $11.35 million. ... 23 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer

AIA Peconic Names 2020 Executive Committee

AIA Peconic, the East End chapter of The American Institute of Architects, has announced its executive committee for 2020. Debbie Kropf AIA of DSK Architect will serve as president and Nilay Oza of Oza/Sabbeth Architecture will be vice president. Viola Rouhani AIA of Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects returns to the board as secretary, and Anne Sherry of Anne Sherry Architect returns as treasurer. Gregory Thorpe, who was the 2019 AIA Peconic president, will serve as an AIA of New York State board member, Emmanuela Martini of Blaze Makoid Architecture will be an associate liaison and B. Kay Jones is the ... 21 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer

Wyandanch Lane Residence Sells For $8.95 Million

A classic Southampton Village home on a Wyandanch Lane flag lot has sold for $8.95 ... 20 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer

Historic Sagaponack Home Halseycot Sells For $7 Million

Halseycot, an iconic Sagaponack Village home, recently sold for $7 million, and the buyer, according ... by Staff Writer

CPF Revenue For First 11 Months Of 2019 Down 23 Percent

Revenues for the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund during the first 11 months of ... 10 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer

Normandy House On Southampton’s Lake Agawam Sells For $22 Million

The historic Normandy estate fronting Southampton Village’s Lake Agawam has changed hands for $22 million, ... 8 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer

Ellen Pompeo Sells Sag Harbor Home

Actress Ellen Pompeo’s modern farmhouse retreat on 8 acres in Noyac has sold, about six ... by Staff Writer

Water Mill Home That Previously Belonged To Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft Sells For $11 Million

An oceanfront Water Mill beach house that once belonged to filmmakers Mel Brooks and Anne ... 7 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer

Hampton Bays Home Fronting Peconic Bay Sells For $3.9 Million

In Hampton Bays, 18 Cedar Point Road, located east of the Shinnecock Canal and fronting ... 6 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer

Welcome to our new website!

To see what’s new, click “Start the Tour” to take a tour.

We welcome your feedback. Please click the
“contact/advertise” link in the menu bar to email us.

Start the Tour
Landscape view not supported