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Nassau Asks EPA For Additional PFOA Testing At Dewey Loeffel Site

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The town supervisor of a Rensselaer County community that is home to a Federal Superfund site is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for additional testing for the chemical PFOA.

Nassau Town Supervisor David Fleming is asking EPA to conduct additional testing for PFOA at the Dewey Loeffel landfill site. Test results returned this month showed low concentrations of the chemical.

EPA recently set a new long-term exposure guideline for PFOA and its sister chemical PFOS at 70 parts per trillion. The chemicals have been found in water supplies in Hoosick Falls, Petersburgh, Bennington, and Newburgh.

Fleming said EPA’s recent testing of groundwater at the site combined multiple well sources into one sampling area, which could have diluted test results.

The Dewey Loeffel landfill was a dumping ground for toxic wastes from 1952 to 1968.

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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