Three Democratic federal lawmakers from New York are calling on the EPA to help the City of Newburgh with its water contamination issue.
A state of emergency declared Monday by the Newburgh city manager came following the discovery that the city’s main source of drinking water is contaminated with PFOS, or perfluorooctane sulfonate. With the city having switched to a different water source and the state of emergency lifted Tuesday, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Wednesday called on the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately provide testing and planning assistance to the city. The lawmakers say the EPA has water contamination experts and significant experience dealing with such issues and should work hand-in-hand with the city, from testing the water to remediation.