Rep. Maloney calls on Senate to take up bills to help communities impacted by toxic water

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is calling on the Senate to take up a set of bills to help communities impacted by toxic water contamination.

Local leaders gathered at Washington Lake, which was once Newburgh’s source for drinking water. It is now contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical PFAS.

Maloney urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up the PFAS Action Act. It passed in the House earlier this month with bipartisan support. 

The legislation addresses PFAS contamination in communities across the country.           

President Trump has already threatened to veto the legislation.

The PFAS contamination was traced to firefighting foam used at nearby Stewart Air National Guard Base

The toxin is known as a forever chemical - one reason a sign posted six years ago still stands warning fisherman that the lake is only catch and release.

Although the city is now on an alternative source for drinking water deemed safe, residents say they are still shaken by the contamination years later.

The PFAS Action Act would set water testing requirements, mandate the cleanup of waste sites and ban dangerous toxins in consumer goods.           

It’s unclear if and when the legislation will be taken up in the Senate.

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