Killian Calls on State to Better Protect Water Supply Near Westchester Airport, Ban Use of Dirty Fuels at All State Properties
New York State Senate candidate and former Rye Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor Julie Killian called on New York State to better protect the drinking water supply near the Westchester Airport, and also backed legislation which would ban the use of dirty fuels on any state owned or operated property.
Killian said she would support legislation calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to monitor the use of common deicing solutions used on roads, runways and airplanes that contaminate groundwater. That would include regular inspection of property used in support of aircraft operations within all watersheds, and regular monitoring of the watersheds themselves near the locations where the solutions are used. It would also require the state consider alternatives that are more environmentally suitable to protect surface and groundwater drinking sources.
“Road and runway maintenance are critical during the winter months to ensure our roads are safer and easier to plow, which requires the regular application of anti-icing and deicing materials. But we must be aware of the environmental impact of what is being done,” Killian said. “Clean air and clean water should be the right of all our citizens, and it is government’s role to ensure it. This legislation would require the state to test the equipment at the airport as well as the groundwater regularly and also take the burden off of local taxpayers by taking on the expense at the state level.”
Killian said she would also back a bill sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy which would further protect the air and water supply from dirty fuels. The proposed legislation would amend the Environmental Conservation Law and ban the use of two fuel oils on any property owned or operated by the state or a state agency: Fuel Oil Number 6, which is a particularly dense, viscous oil which doesn’t easily evaporate, and Fuel Oil Number 4, which has properties that studies have shown may be carcinogenic to animals and humans.
“We can and must do more to protect our residents from toxins that threaten clean air and clean water,” Killian said. “Westchester families deserve nothing less.”
Killian will run on the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party lines in the Special Election for New York State Senate District 37 on April 24th. Senate District 37 includes the towns and municipalities of: Armonk, Bedford, Bronxville, Crestwood, Eastchester, Harrison, Katonah, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, North Castle, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye City, Rye Brook, Tuckahoe, White Plains and Yonkers. For more information on the campaign, please visit www.juliekillian.com or follow us Facebook and Twitter @Killian4Senate