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Albany County establishes PFOA, PFOS testing rules

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The Albany County Legislature has unanimously passed a resolution targeting PFAS chemicals.

The resolution authorizes the County Water Purification District to require testing for PFAS chemicals from any facility that sends waste to the county’s wastewater treatment plant, including landfills that discharge leachate into its treatment facility. District 6 Democrat Sam Fein sponsored the measure:

"This is really about protecting the Hudson River as the Albany County Wastewater treatment discharges into the Hudson, which is also want to know the Hudson River is drinking water for seven communities in New York state south of Albany in the Hudson Valley area."

Fein says the cost of testing will be borne by the entities discharging the waste, and testing will enable officials to make residents aware of PFAS compounds in local water.

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.