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Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information

Blindsided a month ago by intense public alarm over reports that their public drinking water showed traces of PFAS-class chemicals, officials in Watkins Glen and Montour Falls and Waterloo confirmed last week that they are in the process of checking it out. No new tests results are in yet, but they’re said to be in the pipeline.  In early September, social media erupted briefly over a report from ...
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Decade old questions loom as Schuyler County Judge race moves forward

Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman, who is running in November for Schuyler County Judge, declined last week to answer questions or provide requested documents about his role in a Seneca County scandal more than a decade ago. Getman declined to confirm or deny reports that his resignation as Seneca County Attorney in 2007 was prompted by a grand jury letter recommending that he be disciplined if he did ...
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MANTIUS: HABs color Finger Lakes green with dozens of blooms after Labor Day

Labor Day is prime time for hurricanes in the Atlantic and, in recent years, harmful algal blooms across New York State’s lake country Once pristine Skaneateles Lake, the drinking water source for Syracuse, had been spared from HABs all summer — until the first week in September when nine suspected blooms were spotted, including a cluster of four in the Village of Skaneateles and another mid-lake. Likewise, Seneca ...
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Officials claim fears of water contamination likely overblown in Schuyler County

Pressed to respond to public alarm over a report that traces of the toxic PFAS class of chemicals had turned up in samples of local tap water, Schuyler County officials said this week they would conduct their own new tests in coordination with the state Department of Health. “We are being proactive. We are looking into it,” Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Leszyk said at a regular village board ...
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Tap water in Watkins Glen, Montour Falls, and Seneca County test positive for dangerous chemicals

Public drinking water in Watkins Glen, Montour Falls and Seneca County contains elevated levels of the cancer-linked PFAS class of chemicals found in dozens of stain-repellent household products like Teflon and Scotchguard, recent tests show. The results from a University of Michigan chemical lab fall within recently proposed enforceable New York State limits for two of the group’s most notorious variants — PFOA and PFOS. But they easily ...
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Mega-dairies shun state permitting requirements related to manure management plan disclosures

Not a single large dairy in New York State has applied for a newly rewritten state permit that includes court-ordered reforms, including public disclosure of farm manure management plans. An Albany judge ordered the rewrite last year after environmental groups sued the state for failing to follow federal Clean Water Act rules when regulating dairies that discharge pollutants. In a recent letter to Acting Supreme Court Justice David Weinstein, an ...
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