Testing Reveals PFOA and PFOS in Fish

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2017

Testing Reveals PFOA and PFOS in Fish

Statement from Liz Moran, Water & Natural Resources Associate, Environmental Advocates of New York

“PFOA and PFOS, like many toxic chemicals, can be bioaccumulative. That means that the longer the exposure, the greater likelihood of risk. And when our waters are compromised, including fish that people consume, public health is endangered. We applaud the DEC and DOH for announcing an ongoing study into the risks of fish contamination. However, we need to see the same effort and ongoing testing of people’s health, and the long-term effects of their exposure, through a bio- and medical monitoring program. It has been more than a year since Newburgh residents learned their water was contaminated, and it will soon be two years since Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh residents learned their water wasn’t safe to drink. While the U.S. Department of Defense has an obligation to clean up its contamination in Newburgh, in both regions, bio- and medical-monitoring for every person affected is something the DOH can follow through on immediately in order to protect public health.”

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