Senators write letter to EPA calling for chemicals in Seneca Lake to be addressed

The Finger Lakes is getting some environmental advocacy attention from Senators Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and about 28 others in U.S. Senate.

Last year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency outlined a plan to address contamination – in form of PFAS – at the former Seneca Army Depot.

The chemical found in sampling at the depot, which runs off to Seneca Lake, was common in firefighting foam used when the depot operated from 1941 to 2000.

Both Gillibrand and Schumer have signed a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler asking why steps haven’t been taken yet to implement the 2019 PFAS mitigation plan, according to the Finger Lakes Times.

The letter said, “We write to request information regarding the status of the various commitments the EPA made in the PFAS Action Plan and an updated timeline for when the American people can expect these commitments to be met because we are concerned that many of these commitments appear to be delayed.”

The letter continues, ““We believe that the PFAS Action Plan is, alone, insufficient to assure the scope and urgency to the problems associated with PFAS and is merely a first step forward to do so. This compounds our disappointment that several of these commitments made by the EPA remain unfulfilled.”

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