NEWBURGH – The Centers for Disease Control and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry are finalizing the analysis of biological samples related to people’s exposure to water containing PFAS. The City of Newburgh’s water supply, Washington Lake, was turned off over five years ago when the toxic chemical was found in the water, having migrated from the Stewart Airport Air National Guard Base.
The chemical was used in firefighting foam used by the Guard’s Crash, Fire and Rescue unit at the airport and made its way to streams that fed into the reservoir.
Newburgh City Councilman Anthony Grice, a member of two PFAS advisory committees, is awaiting the CDC study results.
“We really need to get down to the bottom of it to see what the impact is on our residents and then what are the health implications and then how do we best treat them,” he said. “I am very happy about the CDC and any other agency that wants to come in and help our people with this situation.”
Newburgh has been receiving its water from the New York City Catskill Aqueduct since the chemical was discovered.