Newburgh Water Contamination and Blood Testing Information
Since abnormally and unacceptably high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) were found in Newburgh’s water supply, Rep. Maloney has worked with local, state and federal officials to call for an immediate investigation, hold those responsible accountable, and ensure residents in Newburgh have a clean water source without placing the financial burden on the City.
"My neighbors in Newburgh – and throughout the Hudson Valley – deserve safe drinking water, and they deserve to know if the water they've been drinking is making them sick. I thank the Governor for taking this action to get folks in Newburgh tested – this is a critical step to learning the extent of our exposure and determining the potential health effects of our contaminated drinking water,” said Rep. Maloney. “I will continue working with the CDC and state and local officials to ensure Newburgh has the resources it needs to provide safe drinking water and prepare for any potential health risks associated with the contamination.”
On September 20, 2016, Representative Maloney and state officials announced the start of a biomonitoring program to determine the extent of contamination in the people of Newburgh from drinking unacceptably high levels of PFOS.
Representative Maloney encourages all Newburgh residents to get free blood testing to determine the level of PFOS in their blood.
As of 2/15/2017, the first 370 test results are in the mail.
To help residents understand their results and receive an update on the State's response to PFOS in Newburgh, the state will host public information sessions at:
SUNY Orange, Newburgh Extension (formerly Orange County Community College)
Kaplan Hall, Great Room (Rm. 101)
One Washington Center
The information sessions will take place on:
Wednesday, February 22 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Residents seeking to participate in the expanded blood testing program can do so by calling 1-800-801-8092 to request a laboratory order. Once residents receive their lab order, they can take it to one of the participating community sites to have their blood drawn. Each site has different policies about making appointments (including online or by calling the number). Residents who already signed up for blood testing during the past few months are currently being contacted to confirm mailing addresses and will receive priority for getting lab test orders mailed. The patient service centers where testing will be available are:
Additional Testing Dates
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
Newburgh Campus Laboratory
70 Dubois Street
347 Fullerton Ave
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp)
5 Hudson Valley Professional Plaza
Background on The Contamination Crisis:
After the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) declared Stewart Air National Guard (ANG) base a state Superfund site, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) called on the Department of Defense (DoD) to comply with the DEC’s request for a federal remediation program. Immediately after declaring Stewart ANG base an Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site (Class 2), more commonly referred to as a state Superfund site, DEC sent a letter to DoD requesting that they enter into a legally binding agreement to carry out a remediation program with the state and bear some of the cost. Following this request, Rep. Maloney sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, requesting expeditious compliance with this request and “a commitment from the Department of Defense to develop, implement, and finance a Remedial Program for the contamination site.” On September 20, Maloney and state officials announced the launch of a biomonitoring program for Newburgh.
On May 19, Rep. Maloney called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately set a clear national standard for acceptable levels of PFOA and PFOS in drinking water. Rep. Maloney also renewed calls for the EPA to provide immediate material assistance to the City of Newburgh to remediate the contamination. On May 13, Rep. Maloney called on the DoD to immediately conduct an investigation into the likely source of the pollution – Stewart Air National Guard Base. In addition to calling for a review of the source of the contaminant, Rep. Maloney asked the DoD to ensure total remediation for the City of Newburgh. On June 8, after a strong push, Rep. Maloney announced that the DoD added Stewart ANG base to their review list and made the investigation into Newburgh water contamination a first priority. After initial reports of contamination in the City of Newburgh water, Rep. Maloney and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter to the EPA calling for immediate assistance to determine the source of the contamination, test contaminant levels, and formulate a remediation plan.