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Contamination from Newburgh water supply spreading into watershed

Jul 30, 2020 12:30 pm
MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting the restoration advisory committee formed following the discovery of PFAS in the city of Newburgh's drinking supply met July 29. The carcinogenic chemicals PFAS and PFOS were initially detected in Washington Lake six years ago. That led to the system being shut down three years ago, and the Stewart Airport Air National Guard Base was identified as the source of the contamination. At the meeting Wednesday, committee members and the public were updated on the studies being conducted to remediate the problem that has now migrated to streams and tributaries of the Hudson River. Committee Co-Chairman Chuck Thomas is concerned about that spread. “We have effects on Brown’s Pond, we have effects on the Beaver Dam Lake tributaries, we have Silver Stream effects, we have wells in the town of New Windsor and the town of Newburgh that have been affected by PFOS and I am really torn with how we are going to move to a bigger picture when it has taken us basically three years now to assess that we have a problem with Rec Pond,” he told the committee via a Zoom session. Newburgh City Council member Anthony Grice said the entire watershed must be protected. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.