Newburgh sues DOD, Nat’l Guard over water contaminant

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NEWBURGH -

The City of Newburgh is suing the federal government for allegedly contaminating the local water supply at Washington Lake, according to Mayor Torrance Harvey.

The lawsuit accuses the Department of Defense, the National Guard and several other entities of allowing a poisonous chemical to run into the water from Stewart Air National Guard Base.

"There was a foam used going as far back as 1987," Harvey says. "That foam created some sort of residue that went into the Silver Stream. And that Silver Stream went into our main water source, which is Washington Lake."

The contamination created long-lasting effects on residents both financially and medically, according to Harvey.

As a safe alternative, Newburgh has been getting its water supply from the Catskill Aqueduct, which is the main water source for New York City and other municipalities, Harvey says.

News 12 reached out to two of the defendants named in the suit, but they have not returned calls for comment. 

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