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EPA announces strict federal drinking water standard for PFAS contamination

by Apr 10, 2024
A long-anticipated federal rule establishing strict new drinking water standards for PFAS contamination was announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Yale researchers seek participants for study of 1,4-dioxane in Long Island drinking water

by Aug 11, 2023
Scientists studying the poorly-understood “forever chemical” 1,4-dioxane are looking for volunteers on the East End, especially those whose homes have private drinking water wells, for a study of the chemical’s potential health impacts.

Learn about the toxic ‘forever chemical,’ 1,4-dioxane at meeting with Yale Superfund Center researchers Aug. 9 at Riverhead library

by Aug 3, 2023
The Yale Superfund Research Center is investigating the effects of the toxic 'forever chemical' 1,4-dioxane, which is polluting drinking water across the island. Meet the researchers, learn about the chemical and get involved Aug. 9 at Riverhead Free Library.

Federal environmental agency proposes national drinking water standards for PFAS

by Mar 14, 2023
The federal Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposed drinking water standard for PFOA and PFOS of 4 parts per trillion, considered the lowest level at which they can be reliably measured. The proposal is "a game-changer," said environmental activist Adrienne Esposito.

Riverhead slated to receive another $2 million from feds for clean water projects

by Dec 22, 2022
Congress is expected to pass a spending package this week that includes $2 million for public water extensions for homes in Riverhead serviced by private water wells contaminated by harmful chemicals.

An open letter to Palumbo and Giglio from residents of Manorville: ‘We need your help!’

by Dec 3, 2022
Residents of Manorville, where many private wells are contaminated with toxic chemicals, are angry that NY State has again denied grant funding for public water to 128 homes near the former Grumman facility in Calverton.

Riverhead Town set to hire environmental law firm to sue PFOS/PFOA manufacturers

by Oct 16, 2020
he town board is expected to vote Tuesday to retain the firm Sher Edlin LLP of San Francisco, California to sue the manufacturers of the chemical contaminants that have been found in one of the Riverhead Water District’s wells.

New York’s tough new drinking water standards may help local residents without access to public water

by Jul 31, 2020
With standards now in place in New York for "emerging contaminants," the county health department will have to test homeowners' wells for them and homes where wells exceed the new standards will be eligible for special filtration systems.

Riverhead offered state grant to replace drinking water service lines containing lead

by Jul 29, 2019
Riverhead has been offered a $627,327 state grant to replace lead drinking water service lines.

Riverhead moving forward with multimillion dollar capital improvement plan for water district

The plan, calling for additional estimated expenditures of more than $15 million over the next 10 years, is seen as a crucial commitment to retaining the Riverhead Water District as an independent public water supplier.