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Even More Chemical Drums Found Under Bethpage Community Park

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Says Northrup Grumman Will Be Held Accountable For Cleanup

Even More Chemical Drums Found Under Bethpage Community Park

BETHPAGE, NEW YORK (May 16, 2024) – Another three chemical drums were found encased in concrete under the ballfields at Bethpage Community Park.

The discovery brings the total number of chemical dumps found under the Long Island park to 21. Officials said that the drums were expected to be sampled for laboratory analysis.

The chemical drums were initially brought in by Northrup Grumman Aerospace several decades ago. Ground-penetrating radar is currently being used at the 18-acre park in order to find additional drums.

Officials with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are saying that Northrup Grumman is going to be held accountable for the cleanup. A number of lawsuits also seek to hold the aerospace company accountable for Bethpage residents who have developed cancer.

A report by Newsday claims that Northrup Grumman knew as far back as the mid-1970s that its toxic chemicals were contaminating groundwater. According to the report, “On numerous occasions, particularly during a critical 15-year period, the company made public statements that directly contradicted the alarming evidence it held, as it avoided culpability and millions in costs.”

The chemicals dumped within Bethpage Community Park include trichloroethylene (TCE). TCE is a potent metal degreaser and a known carcinogen.

Don’t Wait: If you or someone that you love has become ill while living near Bethpage Community Park, you may have legal recourse. Our law firm is committed to holding Northrop Grumman accountable for their actions. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.

Liability For Bethpage Community Park Chemical Exposure

Trichloroethylene is a dangerous chemical, and prolonged exposure is associated with a wide range of ailments. According to the National Cancer Institute, “Prolonged or repeated exposure of trichloroethylene causes kidney cancer. Some evidence suggests that it may be associated with an increased risks of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and, possibly, liver cancer.” There are a number of short-term symptoms people should look out for that could indicate exposure to TCE.

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Skin irritation
  • Respiratory irritation

Companies like Northrup Grumman could face civil liability in instances where they dump chemicals somewhere and local residents become sick. Indeed, there have already been several lawsuits, including a $300 million lawsuit by one family that claims their cancer is related to a toxic underground plume caused by Northrup Grumman. There are environmental laws with respect to hazardous waste disposal.

When a company fails to exercise reasonable care in handling and disposing of TCE and other volatile organic compounds, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. In order for those affected to be successful in a lawsuit, they would need to demonstrate that the company’s actions were the proximate cause of their illness. But companies will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if local residents at a chemical dump site develop cancer or become sick.

  • Denial of Causation: Companies may deny that a person’s illness has anything to do with dumped chemicals. They may also claim a cancer or other illness is due to genetics or other factors.
  • Statute of Limitations: Companies may claim that a resident’s claim is barred by the statute of limitations in a state.
  • Settlement Offers: If a large company believes that they could be held accountable for local illnesses, they may try to settle claims out of court for as little money as possible.

It is never a good idea to accept any legal agreement with a large company without first seeking legal advice. These companies and their insurance providers are only concerned with making as much money as possible for their shareholders. It is important that victims of toxic chemical exposure understand that they do have rights. They have a right to file a legal claim and to seek fair compensation for their injuries.

Investigating Northrup Grumman Chemical Dump Sites

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., extend our best wishes to all of the people who have been impacted by the toxic chemicals buried under Bethpage Community Park. The New York DEC needs to do its part and hold Northrop Grumman accountable. There should not be a single ounce of contaminated soil left at this site before cleanup efforts are deemed complete.

Have you or someone that you care about been ill or developed cancer while living near Bethpage Community Park? Our team of toxic tort attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that local residents are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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Jeff S. Korek

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Jeff S. Korek joined Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. in 1992 as the Senior Trial partner. Known for his meticulous preparation and dedication to his clients, Jeff has obtained some of the state’s highest verdicts and settlements.