Schumer: Air Force may have to pay for lake contamination

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for tests to determine if the U.S. Air Force should pay for the cleanup of the lake that supplies drinking

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for tests to determine if the U.S. Air Force should pay for the cleanup of the lake that supplies drinking water to the City of Newburgh.

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for tests to determine if the U.S. Air Force should pay for the cleanup of the lake that supplies drinking water to the City of Newburgh. (8/9/16)

NEWBURGH - Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for tests to determine if the U.S. Air Force should pay for the cleanup of the lake that supplies drinking water to the City of Newburgh.

Schumer is proposing legislation to determine the origin of water contamination at Washington Lake in New Windsor, which served as Newburgh's primary source of water.

He say the contamination is "believed to have originated at the Stewart Air National Guard base," and the new legislation would "require the Air Force to immediately conduct tests to determine the extent of possible ground water contamination in the City of Newburgh."

In May, the tap at Washington Lake was turned off after a cancer-causing chemical known as PFOS was found at the lake. The chemical is used in firefighting foam. The lake also sits across the state Thruway from the air base.

Schumer says that if the Air Force is found culpable, then it should pay for the cleanup.

The Air Force did not return News 12's calls for comment.

 

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