Washingtonville, NY — (12/23/19) Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R,C,I,Ref-New Windsor) is proud to announce that legislation he co-sponsored reducing PFAS chemicals in firefighting activities (A445A) has been signed into law by the Governor.
Man-made chemicals called PFAS, are chemicals used in firefighting suppressant foams at numerous locations including at Stewart Air National Guard Base. The discharge of firefighter foams with these chemicals are the cause of the contamination of our water supplies in the eastern part of Orange County by the federal government.
Assemblyman Schmitt co-sponsored this state bill to ban the use of PFAS based fire fighting foam and recently went to Washington, DC to meet with the Environmental Protection Agency to urge them to ban PFAS firefighting foam administratively across the United States.
Assemblyman Schmitt stated, “PFAS chemicals have wreaked havoc in our region. I am proud to have co-sponsored the law that will phase out the use of these harmful chemicals in firefighting foam. PFAS based firefighting foam is the cause of water contamination in eastern Orange County and this new law will have a significant positive impact on our region’s water supply and water supplies throughout the state. Through my position on the Assembly Minority Water Quality Task Force I will continue to advocate for clean water and for robust responses to the water crises that impact the Hudson Valley. It is my hope and goal to see other states and the federal government follow suit and end the use of PFAS based firefighting foams for good.”
Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!