NY suing over toxic foam used at Stewart Air Base

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NEWBURGH -

New York state is suing six manufacturers of toxic firefighting foam used at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh and three other military and civilian airports across the state.

The lawsuit alleges that chemicals in the foam are responsible for "extensive environmental contamination."

Environmentalists call the lawsuit a big first step toward correcting the dangers the chemical companies have allegedly wrought on residents for years.

The lawsuit seeks more than $38 million, in addition to punitive damages, from the chemical manufacturers, alleging the companies knew about their products' potential health risks for decades but did nothing.

Newburgh officials say they're cautiously optimistic about the suit but wonder what else they might not have been told about the toxins common to the city's drinking supply for years.

Recent blood tests have found high levels of toxic chemicals in Newburgh residents. Those chemicals are known to cause cancer and other serious health issues.

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