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Waste Dumping Investigated In NY Town With Tainted Water

PFOA formula

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating possible illegal dumping of commercial waste material in a town that's already the focus of a water contamination probe.

The agency confirmed Friday that DEC police are searching woods near the main route through Hoosick Falls, near the Vermont border, after a "concerned citizen" reported dumping of waste containing PFOA, a chemical used in making Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products.

The tip came as DEC and the U.S. EPA investigate PFOA contamination of the public water supply in Hoosick Falls.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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