Read the full article by John T. McDonald III (Times Union)

“Recently a lawsuit was filed by environmental advocacy groups against the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other entities based on the incineration of firefighting foam containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals at the Norlite facility in Cohoes. The DOD has a contract with Norlite to dispose of these materials. A lack of environmental prior to the incineration activity to ensure that public health and safety have been adequately protected has come into question.

I joined with Senator Neil Breslin, Assemblymember Phil Steck, and Assembly Member Pat Fahy in sending a letter to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to request a review of the situation to determine whether further action is needed.

The letter sent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation can be read in full here.

This issue is a little bit more concerning first of all because of the substance involved – PFAS.  We know from our neighbors in Hoosick Falls the concerns of these chemicals and therefore our concerns are real and immediate.  PFAS is not proven by the EPA to be safe to burn and it is bothersome to me that the Department of Defense awarded a contract to incinerate PFAS when the EPA has not made any conclusive decisions…”