For Immediate Release: June 8, 2016
Bill to Protect Those Sickened by Superfund Sites Stuck in Senate
Albany – As part of the ongoing response to the Hoosick Falls water pollution crisis, members of the Assembly and Senate introduced legislation to extend the time limit for those sickened by contaminants from Superfund sites to sue for damages. Assemblyman John McDonald’s bill (A.9568A) overwhelmingly passed the Assembly by a vote of 132 to 7, while Senator Kathy Marchione’s bill appears to be bottled up in the judiciary committee.
The following statement is attributable to Liz Moran, water & natural resources associate, Environmental Advocates of New York:
“With just a few days left in the Legislative Session, it is time for Senator Marchione to press Senate leadership for a vote on her bill. Unless she gets a vote, Hoosick Falls residents won’t have the legal security they deserve, and Saint-Gobain and Honeywell won’t be held fully accountable for their pollution. With blood test results showing elevated levels of PFOA in more than 2,000 Rensselaer County residents, Senator Marchione has reason enough to get her bill to the Senate floor for a vote this year.”