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Hoosick Falls Village Board approves another PFOA settlement

June 19, 2019 11:18 PM

HOOSICK FALLS -- The village board in Hoosick Falls unanimously approved an interim settlement with Saint Gobain and Honeywell on Wednesday night. It’s in regards to PFOA contamination in the village’s drinking water.

The settlement is for $255,000 and of that money $185,000 will go toward costs the village took on as a result of the contamination and $70,000 is for anticipated costs related to the operation and maintenance of the village’s water filtration system.

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“I would say it’s a positive,” said Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen regarding the settlement. “For the first time we’re having some anticipated costs factored in. It’s a little unfortunate it’s taken this long to get costs that we’ve already taken on.”

Village trustee Brian Bushner said the settlement is essentially paying the village’s bills.

“They’re making a payment to us for things we paid for,” said Bushner. “We’re not giving up the right to sue. We’re not giving up the right to do anything and take action that we need to.”

This is the third interim settlement the village has reached with Honeywell and Saint Gobain. The other two settlements are for a combined total of more than $500,000. Allen said there are still a lot of steps the village has to take before considering a larger settlement or potentially suing the companies.

“As the summer goes by, we’ll get the alternate water supply report from the DEC which is going to list our options for water supply as a permanent future basis,” said Allen. “We’ll have some more information on the landfill, which was recently named a state Superfund site. These are all important components to understanding everything that’s going on and once we have the understanding I think we’ll be in a better position to decide what happens next.”

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