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Hochul signs bill listing emerging contaminants

Dec 27, 2021 12:34 pm

MidHudson News reports that Gov. Kathy Hochul signed new legislation over the holiday week amending the state’s public health law to establish the first emerging contaminants list. The legislation requires a list of contaminants be updated every three years. Locally PFOS and PFOA chemicals in firefighting foam at a training center in Cairo and at the Stewart Air National Guard base have polluted water supplies in Cairo and the City of Newburgh. “New York families can have peace of mind knowing robust safeguards will soon be in place to rigorously test and monitor their water,” said State Senator James Skoufis. “The fight against PFOS/PFOA and other contaminants continues, but this new law ensures no small municipality or isolated water system will go without the necessary testing to identify these harmful chemicals in our drinking water.” Read more about this story at MidHudson News.