Newburgh files lawsuit over contaminated water supply
Aug 08, 2018 7:00 am
The Mid-Hudson News Network is reporting the city of Newburgh has taken legal action over its contaminated water supply. A lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, August 6. Among the defendants are the owners and/or operators of Stewart Air National Guard Base and New York Stewart International Airport, and the manufacturers and sellers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, which were once used in firefighting foam used at the base. The state of New York and the U.S. Air Force are also listed as defendants. The suit seeks to force the defendants to clean up the contamination of the city watershed and to pay for the city's clean water until the cleanup is completed. The city is asking the defendants to assist in the development of a comprehensive watershed management program and to reimburse the city for costs it incurred from the contamination, as well. Newburgh is also asking the court to award it punitive damages against the manufacturers. More than two years ago, the city shut down its main water source and has been drawing water from the Catskill Aqueduct. In August 2016, the state Department of Environmental Conservation declared Stewart Air National Guard Base a state Superfund site, after finding the U.S. Department of Defense “potentially responsible” for contaminating Newburgh’s water supply. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.