RELEASE OF FIREFIGHTING FOAM AT STEWART AIRPORT
CAUSES FOAM IN LOCAL WATERWAYS
NYSDEC MONITORING CLEAN UP EFFORTS
(Newburgh, NY) On April 13, 2019, Stewart International Airport representatives warned City of Newburgh officials that Aqueous Fire Fighting Foam (“AFFF”) was released from a hangar into the environment due to equipment malfunction. The AFFF has made its way into surface water including Silver Stream. Today the City was advised that the AFFF is causing foaming in Silver Stream. The City has been advised that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) is on site monitoring the situation, and that an environmental contractor is working to clean up the contamination.
“The City has no further information at this time but wants to assure its residents that the City’s drinking water does not come from the contaminated area and remains safe for consumption,” said Interim City Manager Joseph Donat. The City is committed to ensuring the quality of its watershed and sent personnel to review the situation.
This latest incident involving AFFF demonstrates that the City’s former drinking watershed continues to remain vulnerable to sources of contamination present within the watershed. The City Council had previously passed a resolution prohibiting the use of Washington Lake as a source of drinking water for the City and remains united in its position.
The City will provide updates on the situation as it receives information from Stewart International Airport and the NYSDEC. Inquiries should be directed to the NYSDEC at (845) 256-3033.