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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting Vermonters to attend a regional summit on unregulated PFAS chemicals later this month in New Hampshire.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $2 million to New York state for clean water projects.

A national summit on PFAS chemicals was held in Washington, D.C. this week. Convened by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, the two-day event sought input on pollution including PFOA and PFOS, which have been discovered in several communities in our region.

Vermont Democratic Representative Peter Welch has joined 12 other members of Congress in demanding the Environmental Protection Agency release a study on the health effects of chemical contaminants.

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Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen was in Washington D.C. Tuesday to attend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s summit on PFAS chemicals.

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An article published in Politico earlier this week revealed federal officials sought to block a report on PFAS chemicals, pollutants found in water sources in some local communities. The story is drawing strong reaction from environmental advocates and political leaders.

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New York’s U.S. Senators have announced federal funding to support research and remediation efforts for communities facing contamination from the chemicals PFOA and PFOS.

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Vermont officials say they believe firefighting foam used to extinguish a fire from a 1986 plane crash may be the present-day source of chemical contamination of wells in Clarendon.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing an application for an expansion of the Colonie Landfill. But officials from neighboring communities and environmental advocates say more research is needed before any expansion plan is approved.

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One year after the Village of Hoosick Falls tabled a controversial settlement agreement, the Rensselaer County community has agreed to accept payments from companies blamed for polluting local water supplies.

Vermont officials say a company that reached a $20 million settlement over the contamination of private wells in the state underestimated the reach of its pollution.

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Recently, an engineering firm hired by company Saint-Gobain released a more than 5,000-page report detailing its initial findings into groundwater pollution in Bennington, Vermont.

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Vermont environmental officials are reviewing a draft report submitted by company Saint-Gobain into soil and groundwater pollution found in Bennington. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended a meeting Tuesday night where officials provided details on next steps.

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The village of Hoosick Falls has voted to file two lawsuits related to the contamination of water supplies with the chemical PFOA.

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Vermont environmental officials will hold meetings Tuesday to provide the latest information to Bennington-area residents about the PFOA contamination of local water supplies and the ongoing response. 

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Scientists hired by a company that reached a $20 million settlement over the contamination of private wells in Vermont say there isn't enough evidence to link the company to contamination in another part of town.

Officials in an upstate New York community with water sources tainted by chemical pollution are applauding the withdrawal of President Donald Trump’s pick for a top position in the Environmental Protection Agency.

HV Rep's Bill Mandating PFOS/PFOA Study Is Law

Dec 14, 2017
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Two pieces of legislation from a Hudson Valley congressman have become law after President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Bill Tuesday.

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The first homes in the Bennington, Vermont area with wells contaminated with the chemical PFOA have been hooked up to a clean municipal water system.

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The chemical PFOA has been detected in water samples taken from the Mohawk River near the Colonie landfill.

The Times Union reports that Waterford town supervisor Jack Lawler released test results on Friday, showing PFOA levels of 68 parts per trillion. That’s just below New York state’s 70 parts per trillion drinking water threshold.

NY Congressman's Bill On PFOA/PFOS Study Set To Be Law

Nov 18, 2017
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Legislation from a Hudson Valley congressman to require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study health effects of PFOS and PFOA exposure is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk.

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Created in the wake of several high-profile contamination crises, New York's new Drinking Water Council is preparing to hold its first meeting.

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A state task force on drinking water quality will begin addressing emerging contaminants and issues in New York communities.

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Sep 19, 2017

There were just a few days between the time when Hurricane Harvey caused historic flooding in Texas and Louisiana and when Hurricane Irma slammed into the Carribean, Florida and Georgia.

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The state of Vermont is asking a court to approve a settlement it reached with a company over contamination of some private water wells with the chemical PFOA.

New PFOA Survey Announced At Capitol

Aug 29, 2017
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New York state Department of Health officials have teamed up with a Vermont college to conduct a health survey of people potentially affected by PFOA-polluted water in the Villages of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, and in Bennington, Vt.

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A coalition of people with backgrounds in public health, policy, and research is launching a new effort today to gather information from residents of communities affected by water contaminated with the chemical PFOA. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the group is seeking input from residents across state lines.

A company at the center of investigations into PFOA contamination of water supplies in Hoosick Falls, New York and Bennington, Vermont has received proposals to provide clean drinking water to a similarly affected community in New Hampshire.

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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.

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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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