Josh RultenbergAug 16, 2017, 9:45 amAug 18, 2017, 6:05 am

Lawsuit filed against Port Authority, manufacturers over polluted lake in Newburgh

Law firm: Organization allowed foam used at Stewart Airport and air base to contaminate Washington Lake

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People in Newburgh are suing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and two manufacturers claiming both exposed them to toxic chemicals that closed down the city's main water supply.

Newburgh had to stop drawing water from Washington Lake a little over a year ago because of the increased PFOs levels, levels the plaintiffs say are a direct tie to negligence on behalf of the defendants.

Napoli Shkolnik, a New York City law firm, is accusing the Port Authority of polluting Washington Lake. The firm says the organization allowed firefighting foams used at both Stewart International Airport and Stewart Air National Guard Base to contaminate its water.

The foams have chemicals, including PFOs, which can cause cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and ulcerative colitis. In addition, the suit also blames 3M and Tyco Products L.P., who make the foam.

Plaintiffs include those with abnormal blood test results and subsequent and serious side effects.

Most are from Newburgh but others live in the towns of New Windsor and Newburgh.

The firm tried to file a claim against the City of Newburgh in March, but that was unsuccessful. They said the city allowed Washington Lake to become contaminated. A judge shot that down last month saying Newburgh had no control over any contamination.

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