State agencies update Hoosick Falls residents on PFOA contamination investigation

June 25, 2018 11:19 PM

HOOSICK FALLS - "This is another step forward in the process of becoming whole," Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen said.

A resounding "yes" from the Hoosick Falls council to accept more than $195,000 for losses the village's water and sewer system incurred over the past three fiscal years.

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The village agreed to allow a one year tolling agreement- providing Honeywell and Saint Gobain Performance Plastics a 30-day heads up, if they plan to sue.

"It was something that was requested from their side and we talked about in great detail and we're ok with that," Allen said.

Representatives from the Department of Health presented Round 1 Blood Testing results and what steps to take for another round of blood testing. They anticipate those levels of PFOA should be lowered by half.

"You see numbers from the beginning of the blood testing Round 1, toward the tail end you saw a noticeable difference in that level we anticipate we're optimistic that this next round will show a continued diminished number," NYDOH Spokesperson, Gary Holmes said.

While the village's filtration systems are working, the Department of Environmental Conservation presented viable sources of long term water supply, including Area 4 by Route 22 and the Tomhannock Reservoir as potential options.

"We're not going to select anything until we hear from the community because we want them to fully see all the data and the water quality test and the capacity tests and everything that goes into determining if water supply is effective," NYSDEC Spokesperson Sean Mahar said.

As for the man who first discovered PFOA in the village, Michael Hickey, he said there's no sense in looking back. Now, it's important that the agencies, two companies at fault and the village continue to work together to make New York an example for other states to follow.

"I think that everything that's going on in this meeting tonight is something to be proud of for the board and even up to the Governor for what they've done, the work over the past couple of years, I think it's commendable," Hickey said.

For more on the DOH Round 2 Blood Testing, click here.


Karen Tararache

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