- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A Hudson Valley city has approved a contract that calls for the state to set aside up to $11.5 million to cover the municipality’s cost of buying drinking water after a chemical was found in the city’s main water supply.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (https://bit.ly/2aWpFWE ) the contract with New York City was approved Monday. The deal calls for the state Department of Environmental Protection to send Newburgh a $2.4 million down payment upon approval of the contract by the state’s comptroller’s office.

Washington Lake has long been Newburgh’s primary water supply. It was closed in May because of the presence of a chemical known as PFOS. The chemical, which is used in firefighting foam, has been identified by environmental regulators as an emerging contaminant of concern.

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Information from: The Times Herald-Record, https://www.th-record.com

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