2017 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:33:50 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PFCs: Senate legislation
Schumer: Mattis should expedite Stewart cleanup

By Leonard Sparks 
Times Herald-Record 
July 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is calling on Defense Secretary James Mattis to expedite cleanup of toxic chemicals at Stewart Air National Guard Base as he and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Tuesday that a spending bill passed by a Senate committee last week includes provisions spurred by the contamination.

In a recent meeting with Mattis, Schumer said he demanded that the Department of Defense speed up its investigation and cleanup of perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, a chemical found in foams used to extinguish aircraft fires.

High levels of the toxic chemical, which has been linked to cancers and other health problems, forced the closure of the City of Newburgh’s primary water supply more than a year ago and led to the designation of the base as a state Superfund site last August.


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