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Westchester County Takes Measures To Prevent Water Contamination From Airport

May 22, 2019 - 1:04 pm

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Westchester County is taking steps to assure contamination from decades past doesn’t impact the area’s water supply.

County Executive George Latimer is signing two executive orders to protect the Kensico Reservoirs.

“This is the one that ensures that there will be ongoing groundwater and surface water testing,” Latimer described one of the orders.

Water wells at the county airport have been contaminated by PFAS chemicals.

The chemicals are found in firefighting foam.

The foam was used in training gear until 1983.

Peter Schlactus, chair of the Airport Advisory Board said, “These PFAS chemicals are of concern because the airport, in particular, because the airport lies so close to the Kensico reservoir.”

The second order will eventually ban PFAS chemicals.

The county legislature plans on making these orders law.