Water Contamination

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    Sample tests continue to show a higher than acceptable level of a contaminant in the drinking water of about a third of the population in western Massachusetts.

Blair Horner: Will Water Regulations Improve?

Oct 1, 2018

One of New York’s greatest natural resources is its abundance of water supplies.  But the state’s industrial history has resulted in serious threats to using that water for drinking. Those threats should be checked by government regulations, but in far too many cases, they are not.

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Environmentalists are urging a New York state panel on water quality standards to meet its October 2nd deadline to set new acceptable levels of toxic chemicals in public water supplies.

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New Hampshire's Democratic Congressional delegation wants a federal agency to expand its study of contaminated water to a community near a factory believed to have released toxic chemicals into the air and groundwater.

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Vermont officials say they believe firefighting foam used to extinguish a fire from a 1986 plane crash may be the present-day source of chemical contamination of wells in Clarendon.

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Hoosick Falls residents were angered Thursday night after a meeting where the village board was scheduled to discuss a settlement agreement between the village and companies deemed responsible for contaminating local water supplies with the chemical PFOA abruptly ended. 

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New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Monday announced initial blood testing dates for Newburgh residents concerned about PFOS exposure.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has introduced two pieces of legislation in response to the PFOS water contamination in Newburgh. The bills come shortly after the state Department of Health announced a PFOS blood-testing program for Newburgh.

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The formal announcement of a blood testing program in Newburgh garnered the most attention during a public meeting Monday concerning an update on the PFOS water contamination issue. However, there were a few developments on the environmental side.

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A public meeting last night concerning an update on the PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh brought a formal announcement about the launch of a blood testing program for the city. But with it came more questions and concerns.  

Many more seats were filled in the auditorium at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh than at the first such public forum in June. Local, state and federal officials first delivered a recap of what has been done to address PFOS contamination and residents grew impatient, wanting to hear more about a blood testing program.

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The New York state Department of Health has begun sampling private wells in the vicinity of Stewart Air National Guard base, which the state Department of Environmental Conservation declared a superfund site in August.

Schumer Visits PFOS-Contaminated Lake In Newburgh

Aug 10, 2016
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says he will introduce legislation that would require the Air Force to identify the source of water contamination in Newburgh and pay to clean it up if a base nearby is responsible.

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After the public learned in May of PFOS contamination in Newburgh’s main drinking water supply, there were calls to provide blood testing for residents. Those calls continue. In addition, the state continues to investigate sources of contamination while prepping a new filtration system.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin released the results of testing for perfluorinated compounds in groundwater at two of 11 testing sites in the state.  While both locations show the believed to be carcinogenic chemicals present in groundwater wells, there is also minimal concern that drinking water wells are being contaminated.

State and local officials as well as contracted engineers will hold a public meeting at Bennington College at 5:30 for residents affected by the PFOA contamination found in local water supplies.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on federal regulators to use new powers under the toxic substances reform bill to determine if the industrial chemical PFOA should be restricted or banned.

New York environmental regulators are looking statewide for potential sites of groundwater contamination from a cancer-causing chemical previously used to make Teflon and other products.

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During an informational forum Monday in Newburgh about PFOS contamination found in the city’s drinking water supply, federal, state and local officials updated the public on actions being taken. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Newburgh PFOS Forum Draws Calls For Blood Testing

Jun 21, 2016
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Federal, state and local officials briefed dozens of area residents on developments concerning PFOS contamination in the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply. The update came at a forum at Mount Saint Mary College Monday evening during which several residents called for blood testing. 

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Voluntary testing of the water systems in the Enlarged City School District of Middletown has turned up high lead levels in some areas.

The town supervisor of a Rensselaer County community that is home to a Federal Superfund site is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for additional testing for the chemical PFOA.

The industrial chemicals PFOA and PFOS have caused trouble for residents of communities like Hoosick Falls, Newburgh, Petersburgh, and Bennington. Federal officials have advised residents to stop drinking the contaminated water and state governments are still putting measures in place to deliver clean water to residents.

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A Hudson Valley congressman has called on the Department of Defense to investigate water contamination in Newburgh. This comes as an environmental group wants Stewart Air National Guard base and Stewart International Airport to stop water discharges in areas where a chemical has been found at high levels.

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The day after results from water samples at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston city officials released their most recent water testing results. The tests show the problem is not at the source.

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The law firm that filed a class-action lawsuit against two companies connected with water contamination in Hoosick Falls is now investigating a water contamination issue in Newburgh.

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Three Democratic federal lawmakers from New York are calling on the EPA to help the City of Newburgh with its water contamination issue.

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A new chemical contaminant has been found in private wells in the Rensselaer County community of Petersburgh.

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The state of Vermont says tests of a water supply in the town of Pownal found low-levels of the potentially cancer-causing chemical that has been found in about 100 private wells in the adjoining town of Bennington.