Newburgh activists demand stricter standards for clean drinking water

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NEWBURGH -

Activists and lawmakers in Newburgh are urging the Cuomo administration to set stricter standards for clean drinking water.

The group held a news conference outside of Newburgh's water treatment plant on Little Britain Road.

The plant hasn't been used for years since toxic levels of the chemical P-FOS were found in Newburgh's water supply.
P-FOS came from firefighting foam, which was used at Stewart Air National Guard base.

They're now calling on the state to consider new research and to significantly lower the levels of those chemicals considered safe. "No levels of these chemicals are safe for human health. Especially not for our children or pregnant women. We need strong limits on these chemicals in our drinking water to protect all New Yorkers," says activist Maureen Cunningham.

Activists say several other states have already set stricter guidelines for their drinking water and want New York to follow suit.

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