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Sen. Gillibrand Calls On EPA For New York PFAS Meeting

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold a community engagement meeting in New York to hear directly from those affected by PFAS chemicals – the classification of pollutants found in water supplies in communities like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh.

In June, the EPA hosted a PFAS summit in Merrimack, New Hampshire, one of a handful of regional meetings following a two-day summit in Washington D.C. in May.

Gillibrand, who helped secure $45 million for PFAS cleanup in the Senate’s recently passed defense spending bill, says New Yorkers should have “the opportunity they deserve to talk directly to the EPA” as the agency drafts a PFAS cleanup plan.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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