Hoosick Falls Votes to Accept Reimbursement from Companies Responsible for PFOA Contamination

On Tuesday night, the Hoosick Falls Village Board unanimously voted to accept a $330,250 reimbursement from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International for costs to run and maintain the filtration system put in place after the village’s water supply was contaminated with PFOA. This resolution is not a settlement agreement and so it does not… View Article
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New York Considers Limits on PFOA Contamination in Drinking Water

In an effort to help New York’s Drinking Water Quality Council make recommendations for the maximum legal amount of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the state’s drinking water, the panel recently heard from experts on issues like laboratory methods and water treatment costs. The panel was created in this year’s state budget and is mandated to make… View Article
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PFOA and PFOS: In-Depth Look at Chemicals Creating Major Concerns

In the past few years, contamination of drinking water supplies has been discovered in several small towns in northeastern upstate New York as well as in a nearby community in North Bennington, Vermont. Thereafter, similar contamination was discovered near a plant in New Hampshire, on Cape Cod and near Newburgh, New York.  The chemical involved… View Article
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State Orders Pollution Testing at Hoosick Falls Plants

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently ordered the longtime Hoosick Falls Company,  Oak Mitsui Inc, and its landlord to check its plants for pollution. Oak Mitsui has had plants in Hoosick Falls since the 1970s and is now pulling out of the area, with one plant having closed two years ago and a… View Article
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New York Considers Tougher Water Quality Standards

The twelve-member Drinking Water Quality Council held its first meeting today to consider establishing maximum contaminant levels for toxic chemicals in New York State water. Some say that this rule-making is necessary because of a lack of continuity in the system of federal water quality regulation. Governor Andrew Cuomo has requested that the council consider… View Article
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New Water Quality Council Established and Ready to Address PFOA

Twelve members of a new state Drinking Water Quality Council have been named, preparing the group to hold its first official meeting on October 2nd. Governor Andrew Cuomo named his four designated council members on Friday. He also announced that the first task of the council will be to recommend maximum contaminant levels for PFOA,… View Article
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New Survey Seeks Insight Into Health Impacts of PFOA

The New York Department of Health announced this week that it will be launching a national health effects study of communities impacted by chemical substances such as PFOA, including Hoosick Falls. Five states have signed up to support the DOH’s request to the Centers for Disease Control to launch the study, including Alaska, Michigan, New Hampshire,… View Article
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Legislators Must Fight Budget Cuts to Environmental Agencies

The Trump administration has proposed budget cuts to environmental agencies, such as the Environmental Protections Agency which has been working to resolve the water contamination in Hoosick Falls. Albany County Legislator, William Reinhardt, expressed his concern stating that, “…voters must continue to do some urging themselves to encourage legislators to work against the Trump administration’s proposed… View Article
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EPA Adds Saint-Gobain Site to Federal Superfund Clean-Up List

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced in a news release this week that it has added the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site in the Village of Hoosick Falls to the Federal Superfund National Priorities List, which includes the nation’s most hazardous waste sites. The agency’s decision will allow federal resources to be used to clean areas of Hoosick… View Article
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High PFOA Test Results Shock Hoosick Falls Residents

Groundwater sampling from the Saint Gobain Performance Plastics manufacturing plant on McCaffery Street recorded PFOA levels at 130,000 parts per trillion. This is seven times higher than what was reported three years ago. Saint Gobain’s Liberty Street site and Honeywell International’s John Street sites were also tested and both were found to be sources of… View Article
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