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Capital Region Lawmakers Announce Bill To Assist Victims Of Water Contamination

Two local state lawmakers have announced legislation to assist residents affected by the water contamination issue surrounding Hoosick Falls, New York.

On Friday, Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione and Assemblyman John McDonald, a Democrat, introduced a bill that would allow anyone sickened by toxic chemicals to file a personal injury suit. Those affected could step forward within three years from when an area was declared a Superfund site.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls was classified as a Superfund site by state officials in late January. The building is being investigated as the source of the PFOA contamination that has been detected in the village water system and local private wells.

Exposure to the chemical has been linked to cancer and other ill-health effects.

Lucas Willard is a news reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011. He produces and hosts The Best of Our Knowledge and WAMC Listening Party.
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