Forum held on test results following Newburgh water crisis

A forum was held in Orange County Tuesday for residents to learn more about test results involving the Newburgh water crisis.

A forum was held in Orange County Tuesday for residents to learn more about test results involving the Newburgh water crisis. (2/28/17)

NEWBURGH - A forum was held in Orange County Tuesday for residents to learn more about test results involving the Newburgh water crisis.

The state Department of Health question-and-answer forum was held at SUNY Orange in Newburgh, with experts discussing the toxic water to which many residents were exposed.

The meeting is the second in recent days since the state released some test results of Newburgh residents. The tests showed their levels of six toxic chemicals were more than three times the national average.

Last year, Newburgh's water supply from the Lake Washington Reservoir was found to have high levels of PFOS, or perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, traced to firefighting foam used at nearby Stewart Air Force Base.

The city immediately switched to a clean water supply, but state officials say residents may have been exposed to toxic water for decades.

Newburgh residents can get free PFOS exposure tests at three locations: LabCorp at 5 Hudson Valley Professional Plaza, Quest Diagnostics at 347 Fullerton Ave. and St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital at 70 Dubois St.

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