Rep. Maloney calls for probe of Stewart Air Base

An investigation into contaminated water in Newburgh could be linked to the Stewart Air National Guard Base, according to one local lawmaker. Rep. Sean Patrick

An investigation into contaminated water in Newburgh could be linked to the Stewart Air National Guard Base, according to one local lawmaker.

An investigation into contaminated water in Newburgh could be linked to the Stewart Air National Guard Base, according to one local lawmaker. (5/16/16)

NEWBURGH - An investigation into contaminated water in Newburgh could be linked to the Stewart Air National Guard Base, according to one local lawmaker.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has called on the Department of Defense to immediately probe the base for its possible involvement.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it found water samples in Newburgh that tested positive for high levels of a chemical commonly found in cleaning products and firefighting foams.

Maloney says the tests also show higher levels of the pollutant in ponds near the Stewart facility. They lead into Washington Lake, which is the primary source of Newburgh's water.

The firefighting foam is sometimes used in training missions at the air base.  

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