WASHINGTON – The US Senate
is going to include $20 million to clean up the PFOS contamination at
the Stewart Airport Air National Guard Base.
The chemical, a component in aircraft firefighting foam, has been determined
to be the cause of the contamination of the City of Newburgh’s Washington
Lake reservoir and streams in and around the airport.
The Defense Department has been reluctant to take responsibility and agree
to remediate the situation.
The Senate funding is included in the National Defense Authorization Act.
Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding
for the cleanup.