For Immediate Release: October 24, 2018
Albany - Yesterday, President Trump signed into law the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which requires communities with more than 3,300 residents to test for emerging contaminants starting in 2021.
The following statement is attributable to Rob Hayes, clean water associate for Environmental Advocates of New York:
“Testing drinking water in every community—regardless of its size—for dangerous chemicals is a common sense move that New York must act upon immediately… not three years from now, as the new federal law directs. Every day New Yorkers wait for this testing is another day they may be exposed to dangerous chemicals. New York has the authority to move forward with testing thanks to a state law passed nearly two years ago, yet this law still hasn’t been implemented. It is unconscionable that three years after the water crisis in Hoosick Falls came to light, there are New Yorkers that still don’t know what’s in their water.”