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State Officials Continue Testing For PFOA In Hoosick Falls Waters

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New York State officials are continuing to test public and private wells in the Rensselaer County community of Hoosick Falls as the village is beginning to flush contaminants from its water system.

On Friday, the state Department of Health announced of 145 wells screened for the chemical PFOA, 42 wells tested above the U.S. EPA threshold of 100 parts per trillion. Well testing is scheduled to continue.

Chronic exposure to the chemical has been linked to ill-health effects including cancer.

DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos said the agency is "moving as swiftly as possible" to install filtration systems on private wells.

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said the state is making "significant progress" in locating a new water source for the village.

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