SLAMS AIR FORCE AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD FOR NOT INCLUDING RECREATION POND IN PFOS-CONTAMINATION SURVE SENATOR SAYS FAILURE TO INCLUDE ALL IMPACTED WATERWAYS IS A “DERELICTION OF DUTY” – DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION FROM TOP BRASS
PoliticalNews.me - Feb 27,2017 - SCHUMER SLAMS AIR FORCE AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD FOR NOT INCLUDING RECREATION POND IN PFOS-CONTAMINATION SURVEY AND CLEAN-UP PLAN; SENATOR SAYS FAILURE TO INCLUDE ALL IMPACTED WATERWAYS IS A “DERELICTION OF DUTY” – DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION FROM TOP BRASS
Senator Says Air Force/ANG Must Expand Their Work Plan to Include All Potentially-Impacted and Nearby Off-Post Waterways Like Recreation Pond, That Were Affected By Stewart’s PFOS Contamination
Schumer: Air Force/ANG must create a more comprehensive plan to immediately test and remediate water pollution that continues to plague Newburgh-area
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a new push to add Recreation Pond and surrounding waterways to the Air National Guard’s recently released pollution survey and cleanup plan. Recreation Pond and other waterways were determined to have elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) by state DEC testing; PFOS and PFOA, a related chemical, is linked to birth defects and certain cancers. The contamination is widely believed by regulators to have originated at Stewart Air National Guard Base as a result of aqueous-forming foam (AFFF) used to fight fires.
“It is more that highly likely that the contaminated water on post flowed into Recreation Pond, Silver Stream, and Washington Lake, yet the Air National Guard Work Plan, which seeks to remediate the contamination, only covers waterways that are on post, failing to include a plan for the contaminated waterways off post,” said Senator Schumer.
“The bottom line is that pollution like PFOS-tainted water does not stop at the base’s perimeter and neither should the Air National Guard’s pollution source survey and clean-up plan. The National Guard must step up to the plate and complete a more detailed survey that includes impacted waterways like Recreation Pond,” continued Senator Schumer. “In its current state, the plan is not comprehensive enough to fully address the breadth of this contamination. Omitting off post waterways like Recreation Pond and others affected by the StewartPFOS chemical release is not fair to residents nearby, nor is it the most? common-sense way to fully identify the extent of this contamination – which has tainted the drinking water supply – or to remediate it in full.
“My thanks to Senator Schumer for his support in helping the City for Newburgh to get the Federal government to clean up the source of contamination at the airbase. They must put a filtration system on the water as it comes out of the collection pond and stop polluting the City of Newburgh’s water source as well as other water ways downstream from the airbase. We expect the Federal Government to be a good neighbor,” said Judy Kennedy, Mayor of The City of Newburgh.
“We would like to thank Senator Schumer for his continued support as we work to provide City of Newburgh residents with safe, clean drinking water, for now and for generations to come. Senator Schumer has been a leader in calling for the DOD to clean-up the contamination emanating from Rec Pond,” said City Manager, Michael G. Ciaravino
Riverkeeper thanks Senator Schumer for his leadership in working at the federal level, with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, to fight the terrible damage that's been done