Created: April 05, 2021 12:58 PM
HOOSICK FALLS - The water contamination in Hoosick Falls is getting more attention from the federal government.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is talking to residents about a new effort in Congress for medical monitoring of those affected by contamination.
This legislation would look very similar to the medical monitoring that was created after 9/11.
The proposed national legislation would make the company or companies who contaminated the water responsible for footing the bill.
Essentially, there would be a registry of sorts where someone who lives in an area with contaminated water could sign-up for medical monitoring.
The registry would create a type of national community, where people could also get updates on new research and treatments, which is another big focus of the legislation.
For many residents, a big concern is educating high school students who are going off to college on what symptoms they should look out for, and if this bill were to be passed, how they could sign up for medical monitoring.
Gilibrand says passing this national legislation is critical to making sure that these younger generations are also covered if they move away.
Hear more of what Gillibrand wants to see from the medical monitoring by watching the video of Sam Hesler's story.
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