- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - New York regulators have declared Stewart Air National Guard base a state Superfund site to speed cleanup of contamination from a toxic chemical in fire-fighting foam.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says Friday it has identified the U.S. Department of Defense as a potentially responsible party for PFOS contamination in the Newburgh water supply. The Superfund designation gives DEC the authority to oversee the military’s investigation and cleanup work.

On Monday, Newburgh officials approved a contract calling for the state to set aside up to $11.5 million to cover the municipality’s cost of buying drinking water after PFOS was found in its main water supply.

In March, the military said it’s examining hundreds of sites nationwide to determine whether fire-fighting foam has contaminated ground water and spread to drinking water.

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