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Rowe Industries Ground Water Contamination
Sag Harbor, NY

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EPA added the Rowe Industries Ground Water Contamination site in Sag Harbor, New York to the Superfund National Priorities List on July 01, 1987 because hazardous chemicals were found in the ground water at and near the site.  The eight-acre Rowe Industries Ground Water Contamination Site located on the eastern side of Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike, New York contained a small electronics motors and transformers manufacturing company.  Solvents, stored on the property, leaked into the ground water and formed a 500 foot wide plume which extended northward to Sag Harbor Creek.  Ground water and soil samples taken in and around the site indicated high levels of volatile organic contaminants (VOCs), which are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air.  Approximately 6,000 people within a 3 mile radius use ground water as their primary source of drinking water. 

As an immediate action in 1985, EPA extended the public water supply to 25 affected homes in response to the contaminated drinking water.  Soil cleanup at the site was completed by 2003.  Contact with contaminated ground water and soil is no longer a concern.  Contaminated ground water continues to be pumped from the plume, treated on-site and discharged.  The potential of exposure to contaminants has been greatly reduced.  All of the samples, to date, have met New York State’s discharge standards.   


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