Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen was in Washington D.C. Tuesday to attend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s summit on PFAS chemicals.
The Rensselaer County village is one of several communities in the region dealing PFAS pollution. PFOA, a believed carcinogen found in village water supplies, is what's called an “emerging contaminant.”
Speaking to WAMC Tuesday evening, Allen said he was able to express the needs of Hoosick Falls residents in a sit-down with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
“The big points that our community and others have been saying is we need clear federal regulations and guidelines, and that comes in the form of an MCL, a maximum contaminant level. And it also comes in the form of actually declaring PFOA, PFOS as a hazardous substance – which has happened at the state level – but at the federal level it has not happened,” said Allen.
In an exclusive interview with WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard, Allen says the trip was made possible with help from Region 2 EPA Administrator Pete Lopez.