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DEC hearing held to discuss toxic water in Hoosick Falls

June 27, 2016 06:23 PM

ALBANY - It was back to Albany on Monday for a handful of Hoosick Falls residents and an environmental group.

They're calling for stricter regulations on PFOA, and they're keeping up the pressure for legislative hearings on the issue.

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They told that to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

These were PFOA hearings. However, just on a single DEC rule regarding the chemical. The handful of residents agreed with this new regulation, but say we need more.

Hoosick Falls had their chance to tell DEC about PFOA today.

“Repeated and prolonged exposure only worsens the problem as these chemicals bioaccumulation do not easily or quickly biodegrade,” noted Jennifer Plouffe of Hoosick Falls.

The DEC agrees that PFOA is dangerous.

Monday’s hearing was part of the formal procedure to put PFOA on a permanent list of hazardous chemicals.

Back in April, the DEC made an emergency rule declaring PFOA and PFOS hazardous. That allowed the state to create a superfund site and go after alleged polluters Saint Gobain and Honeywell.

“We took emergency action because we needed to get in there and get working now. This gives us the authority do across the state and gives the public a voice in order to understand how we do that and why,” explained Peter Walke, the DEC Chief of Staff.

However, adding the chemicals to the list isn't enough for Liz Moran of “Environmental Advocates of New York” and a group of Hoosick Falls residents.

This is a very important proposed regulation, however we want to DEC and DOH do much more to coordinate efforts and make sure contamination crisis ease like what happen in Hoosick Falls, Petersburg and Newburgh do not happen again,” declared Moran. “We want to see more testing of water throughout the state to make sure they don't have PFOA and PFOS already in them.”

Just three people went on the record during the hearing. That's Moran, and two other Hoosick Falls residents.

“With all we know about the chemical why has it not been regulated already,” wondered Desiray Rice of Hoosick Falls.

All three are still calling for legislative hearings, even after lawmakers ended session.


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