VERNON CENTER, NY - The New York State Department of Transportation has responded to Rep. Anthony Brindisi's claims that the state is responsible for contaminated water in the hamlet of Vernon Center.
Monday, Brindisi held a news conference and called upon the state to provide resources for the people who are affected by the discolored water.
The source of the contamination is believed to be the former State DOT salt storage facility in Vernon Center.
A State DOT spokesperson emailed a statement Tuesday clarifying the department’s position on the matter. It reads:
"According to two independent studies done in 2015 and 2016, there is no evidence that high levels of chloride are from the salt shed but instead are likely due to naturally occurring salt found in the soil. Nevertheless, we will review the new study and continue providing bottled water to the community until a longer-term solution is determined."
The Town of Vernon hired an engineering company to test the water in 11 wells. According to Brindisi, the results showed that there are elevated levels of sodium and chloride in the water.