Newburgh sues federal government over toxic water

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NEWBURGH -

The City of Newburgh is suing the federal government, claiming it is to blame for contaminating the city's water supply.

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

"There was a foam used going as far back as 1987," says Mayor Torrance Harvey. "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 in the City of Newburgh."

Officials say the contamination has created long-lasting effects on residents, both financially and medically. They say the city has been forced to get their clean water from a shared water source.

"Human beings are contaminated with high levels of this contaminate in their blood and we've gotten the results of that," the mayor says.  He says if the city wins the lawsuit, they will be expecting financial compensation.

News 12 has reached out to the defendants named in the suit, but has not heard back.

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