Health advisory issued for fish from contaminated waters

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State health officials are advising people not to eat fish caught in several waterways around Newburgh after elevated levels of industrial chemicals were found in the fish.

The state recommends a “catch and release” program for Beaverdam Lake, Lockwood Basin, Masterson Park Pond, Moodna Creek, Recreation Pond, Silver Stream, Washington Lake and the stream from Stewart State Forest to Beaver Dam Lake.

The departments of health and environmental conservation say fish tested positive for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid compounds (PFOS) in numerous waterways. Newburgh first found the cancer-causing chemical in their reservoir last year and since switched to a clean water supply.           

The source of the contamination has been traced to Stewart Air National Guard Base but there has yet to be any cleanup.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has announced a bill authorizing the U.S. Department of Defense to use $15 million toward stopping the contamination. "The bottom line is there should be no more excuses after this week for the Pentagon. They should immediately use the funds Congress has provided in this appropriations bill - with the instructions Congress has provided explicitly - to clean up this mess at the source," says Maloney.

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