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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Mayor Keeler's statement about DEC's actions to further restrict Norlite incineration of AFFF

In response to news today from The NYS-DEC: DEC Announces New Actions to Further Restrict Norlite Facility’s Incineration of Firefighting Foam and Emerging Contaminants<http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/120670.html>

Here is Mayor Keeler’s statement about DEC’s actions to further restrict Norlite incineration of AFFF:

“Clearly contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and others to incinerate AFFF firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals at Norlite got out ahead of the science determining whether it was safe for our residents and the environment.

Since first learning in February about the incineration of AFFF at Norlite, we have been asking for help to determine whether burning these PFAS so-called ‘forever chemicals’ for two years in an urban area may have affected people’s health and the environment. Today’s announcement by the DEC gets us closer to finding those answers.  We appreciate the DEC’s ongoing conversations with us, and their commitment to the scientific testing and stronger regulatory oversight announced today.

We also have made clear that Norlite must not be allowed to incinerate AFFF firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals unless and until the science says it is safe.  For that reason, we continue to urge Governor Cuomo to sign the Breslin/McDonald bill.”

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