Mayor Torrance Harvey wrote on Facebook Sunday that his team was having a “very private meeting” with the New York State Department of Health and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Tuesday, August 18.
The meeting was to continue the conversation regarding the contaminated water in the Newburgh Washington Lake.
“State and Federal governments must be accountable for the contamination of one of our greatest resources, the Washington Lake,” said Harvey in his Facebook post. “No layers this time they requested.”
When reached out for comment, Harvey said, “We are still in ongoing discussions with various state and federal agencies. I can say we are working collectively to facilitate various info sessions for the public with the next steps moving forward on the water contamination issue”
The public can expect a joint public statement “very soon.”
The City of Newburgh has continued to face the water crisis since Washington Lake was contaminated with PFAs and PFOs (per and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in May of 2016.