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Old Roosevelt Field Contaminated Groundwater Area
Garden City, New York

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EPA added the Old Roosevelt Field Contaminated Ground Water Area site in Garden City, New York (Nassau County) to the Superfund National Priorities List on May 11, 2000 because of potentially harmful chemicals in the groundwater there. Roosevelt Field and its predecessors were used for aviation activities from 1911 until May 1951. The U.S. military began using the Hempstead Plains field before World War I and in 1918, the Army changed the name of the airfield to Roosevelt Field.

After World War II, Roosevelt Field reverted to a commercial airport until it closed in May 1951. Building construction at the site began in 1956. The Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall and Garden City Plaza occupy what was formerly Roosevelt Field.

Two wells at the site have been found to be contaminated with tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE). In 1987, an air-stripping treatment system was installed at the site to remove volatile organic compounds from the raw water being pumped from the two wells. The treatment system was upgraded in 1999. Nassau County conducts regular well sampling and analysis, and EPA is addressing site clean up through federal actions.


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