Proponents are pushing for motion on the New York Water Testing Act
Posted: Dec 9, 2020 / 11:34 am EST
Updated: December 9, 2020 / 11:34 am EST
ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – Attorneys and lawmakers are calling on the New York State Department of Health to comply with a law to test clean water.
The state’s Emerging Contaminant Monitoring Act mandates testing of water systems across New York.
The law came after the so-called Hoosick Falls water crisis. Proponents say in December 2015 the EPA sent a letter to Hoosick Falls residents saying their water was not potable. Now it is said that despite the passage of the law, not much has been done to keep the water safe.
“It is unthinkable that this state and the offensive, that this state stands by and does not protect the drinking water of 2.5 million people,” said Senator James Skoufis. “There is a lot of pollution in these small communities. It is frustrating that there are so many communities whose water has not been tested. Let’s test the water. Five years is a long wait. “
The Act to Monitor Emerging Contaminants was originally signed in 2017.