Hoosick Falls PFOA

Judith Enck: Toxic Legacy

Sep 21, 2017

On a recent beautiful Saturday afternoon, I joined a group of professors from Bennington College who were going door to door in Hoosick Falls.   We were asking residents to fill out a new health questionnaire.

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The New York State Health Department is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to undertake a national study of health effects related to chemicals like PFOA and PFOS, which have been found in drinking water in several Northeast communities. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it’s the second new effort to gather health information announced this week.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classified a facility in the Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls as a federal Superfund. As officials digest the news, WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on what the designation means and what may be coming next.

Judith Enck
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Among those who have been watching closely as the PFOA water contamination problem plays out in the Village of Hoosick Falls, NY is Judith Enck, a long-time Rensselaer County resident and the former regional administrator for the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site in Hoosick Falls, NY to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List. According to the agency, EPA adds sites to the NLP list when mismanagement of contamination threatens human health and the environment. 

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Two contaminated sites in Hoosick Falls, New York have been added to the state Superfund list.

Judith Enck: The Hoosick Falls Story

Jul 13, 2017
Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

We often hear the phrase “elections have consequences”

That is certainly true in the community of Hoosick Falls, on the New York/Vermont border.

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The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls, already dealing with a State Superfund site contaminated with the chemical PFOA, may soon add other locations to the list.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

Residents of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County are being encouraged to attend a public meeting Monday evening to discuss the latest findings related to the PFOA-contamination of local water supplies.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls has hired a renowned environmental attorney for representation as it negotiates with the companies deemed responsible for polluting water supplies. Meantime, efforts to study the chemical PFOA in New York and southern Vermont has gotten a boost from a federal grant.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Vermont Governor Phil Scott recently signed legislation aimed at holding polluters accountable for contaminating water supplies with the chemical PFOA. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the bill may give the state a significant amount of leverage as it negotiates on behalf of people in the Bennington area.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

The New York State Department of Health this week released the results of a cancer study in Hoosick Falls.

The Rensselaer County village’s water sources were contaminated with the chemical PFOA, which has been linked to various forms of cancers.

The New York Public Interest Research Group has opened an online database giving residents a shortcut to accessing federal and state test results for contaminants in drinking water.

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Last year, Bennington College and Hoosick Falls High School students began researching their regions' similar PFOA contaminations in an effort to calm community concern. Their findings were discussed at a conference at Bennington College over the weekend that featured residents and lawmakers from both regions. 

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Throughout Friday and Saturday, students, scientists, state and local officials, and area residents are exploring the ins and outs of the PFOA contamination of water supplies in Hoosick Falls, New York, and Bennington, Vermont.

The Village of Hoosick Falls has received a financial boost to help cover costs related to its response to the chemical contamination of its water supplies. Meanwhile, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says work is continuing on finding the village a source of clean drinking water.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

Marking 500 days of water contamination in Hoosick Falls, residents gathered at the state capitol on Thursday to pressure state leaders to find a new, uncontaminated source.

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The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls Board of Trustees will have two new faces after candidates ran unopposed Tuesday. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the newcomers hope to move the village past looming environmental issues.

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The Village of Hoosick Falls has tabled a revised $1 million partial release and settlement agreement with the companies deemed responsible for polluting the municipal water supply with the chemical PFOA. A special meeting was held Monday night. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Hoosick Falls residents were angered Thursday night after a meeting where the village board was scheduled to discuss a settlement agreement between the village and companies deemed responsible for contaminating local water supplies with the chemical PFOA abruptly ended. 

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The Village of Hoosick Falls voted last night to table a settlement agreement with the two companies deemed responsible for contaminating water sources with the chemical PFOA. The decision to set the agreement aside for now came after two hours of public comment.