(WBNG) -- Thursday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with representatives from Congress Madeleine Dean and Dan Kildee, introduced a piece of legislation that will allow courts to award medical monitoring for victims of significant exposure to PFAS.
PFAS are harmful chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other serious health conditions and ailments.
The major concern of exposure to PFAS locally is through contaminated municipal water.
Currently, people are not able to seek solutions through the courts until they can prove their health complications are linked to the PFAS.
Officials and New York State residents are hoping that fact will soon change.
Actor and Environmentalist Mark Ruffalo said in conjunction with government officials speaking out against the harmful chemicals, "Millions of Americans across the nation, but specifically today in Sioux Falls, NY, Willow Grove PA, and Pittsford, MI are being poisoned by their corporate neighbors, because thousands of companies that make PFAS or use PFAS have no incentive to keep us safe."
Here in the Southern Tier, concerns over PFAS were raised when the Department of Environmental Conservation directed the proposed SungEel recycling facility in Endicott to provide details on how it planned to dispose of the harmful chemical found in lithium-ion batteries.