High PFOA Contamination Levels Renew Residents' Concerns

There are some alarming numbers included in a new study on contaminants in Hoosick Falls. Michael Howard reports.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The DEC is now calling a number of contaminated sites in Hoosick Falls "superfund sites."

That information comes from a meeting Monday with residents, village leaders and state officials about a recent study on contamination.

The study took dozens of samples at four key areas around the village.

The results show high numbers of the chemical PFOA in the groundwater at Liberty Street, McCaffrey Street and John Street -- each site owned by either Honeywell or Saint Gobain, which are being held responsible for the contamination.

Those sites are now being named superfund sites.

The DEC Commissioner says the PFOA levels won't have any impact on the health of the people who live there.

"I think it's very important to understand. There's no reason to be concerned about the contamination on the properties themselves. It appears to be entirely located within the property in the soil and groundwater. High levels but largely restricted to the property itself,” said Basil Seggos.

The results also show high levels VOC or Volatile Organic Compounds at the John Street site. VOCs are typically found in household items and dry-cleaning products.

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