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Dutchess County park back open after initial lead reports

Aug 11, 2023 12:41 am

Lana Bellamy reports in the Times Union that New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says a Wappingers Falls park can reopen after it was temporarily closed amid reports and environmental tests for lead in nearby telecommunications cables could pose public health risks. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office said tests showed “no evidence of elevated or widespread lead contamination in the area sampled” and that lead levels in the Dutchess County park met state and federal safety standards for children’s play areas. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “DEC continues to work closely with the Departments of Health and Public Service and local partners to fully assess potential risks from lead cables and take necessary actions to protect communities and the environment.” Rep. Pat Ryan has been demanding Congressional hearings and saying the telecommunications companies should be removing wires with lead after the initial Wall Street Journal report. But tests showed none of the areas “potentially influenced by lead in the telecommunications cables” showed results that differed markedly from background area readings. Temple Park was temporarily closed out of “an abundance of caution” after the initial report, but it now reopen. Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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