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Gillibrand pushes for funding to keep PFAS out of drinking water supplies

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Shoremont Water Treatment Plant on Friday to push for $20 million in federal funding to regulate PFAS chemical discharges. PFAS are found in many consumer products, industrial applications, and firefighting foam, and are linked to serious health issues like liver changes, immune system effects, and higher cancer risk.


Gillibrand emphasized the widespread presence of these chemicals, noting that about half of the tap water in the U.S., including 50% of New York’s public water systems, contains PFAS. She stressed the importance of ensuring safe drinking water for all Americans.

“Americans should not have to worry about if their water and food is contaminated,” said Gillibrand. “I hope this funding will go a long way in keeping our families and communities safe.”