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Schumer Wants Transparency With Company Saint-Gobain

Senator Chuck Schumer

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is asking the Saint-Gobain company to cooperate with state and federal authorities as work begins to remove a chemical contaminant from the Hoosick Falls public water supply.

On Thursday, Senator Schumer wrote to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics President and CEO Tom Kinisky to work “promptly, proactively and transparently” in addressing the perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, contamination in the Rensselaer county community’s water system.

Saint-Gobain owns buildings in the community that are at the center of the water contamination question. The company is paying for temporary and permanent filtration systems for the village water supply and is providing village residents with bottled water.

On Wednesday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation declared the Saint-Gobain site in Hoosick Falls a Superfund.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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