EPA Issues Statement On Private Wells In Town Of Hoosick

Jan 28, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a statement regarding those with private wells in the Town of Hoosick and Village of Hoosick Falls.

The statement released Thursday afternoon reads:

"The EPA is developing a lifetime health advisory level for PFOA. While this work continues, the EPA recommends that people in the Town of Hoosick and the Village of Hoosick Falls who have private wells at which PFOA has been found to be present at a level greater than 100 parts per trillion not use that water for drinking or cooking, and instead take advantage of the free bottled water that is being made available at the Tops Market in Hoosick Falls. In addition, the EPA recommends that people in the Town of Hoosick and the Village of Hoosick Falls who have private wells that have not yet been tested for the presence of PFOA ask the New York State Department of Health to test their well and, in the meantime, take advantage of the bottled water available at the Tops Market in Hoosick Falls."

Previously, those on the Village of Hoosick Falls water system have been asked to avoid cooking or drinking water from the public supply.

Also, environmental activist Erin Brockovich will meet with those affected by the contamination at a community meeting scheduled between noon and 2 p.m. in the Greenwall Auditorium at Bennington College in Bennington Vermont.

On Wednesday, the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site in Hoosick Falls was declared a New York State superfund.