For one Hoosick Falls couple, blood tests create more questions than answers

June 05, 2016 06:24 PM

HOOSICK FALLS – When Harold and Marion Stevens received their blood test results that showed the amount of exposure they’ve had to the toxic chemical PFOA, their attention was caught right away.

“Wow, this is something else,” thought Harold Stevens.

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Something else because the Stevens’ say the numbers seemed a bit high. Marion tested at 104 parts per billion. Her husband was higher at 159 parts per billion.

“I know it's high,” said Harold Stevens. “But what does that high number mean?”

To put those figures in perspective, state officials say the average in Hoosick Falls is 23.5 parts per billion. That's still more than 10 times the sample from the average American.

The Stevens’ lived in their home on Wilder Avenue for more than 35 years. They've been drinking the municipal water where the PFOA contamination was discovered.

No one knows exactly how long the man-made chemical that's been linked to cancer and other illnesses has been in the water supply.

The Stevens’ are planning a visit with their physician to try to make sense of the numbers and how they could impact their health.

“We both are concerned, said Marion Stevens. “We're going to both be retiring. What's going to be our future medical costs if something develops out of this? We don't know.”

Blood testing began back in February. The Stevens’ were part of the first groups to be tested and one of the first couples to receive their results.


WNYT Staff

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