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An environmental group believes the class of toxic chemicals at the center of contamination crises in communities like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh can likely be detected in all major water supplies in the United States.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the completion of a study by the companies at the center of the investigation into contaminated water in Hoosick Falls. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the study examines possible options for a new municipal drinking water source.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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Tonight at 6, the village board in Hoosick Falls, New York will consider an interim settlement agreement with Saint-Gobain and Honeywell, the two companies blamed for PFOA pollution in the village water supply. PFOA has been linked to ill health effects, including cancer, and the village has been using a filtration system since the end of 2016. Mayor Rob Allen says the agreement maintains the Rensselaer County village’s legal rights. Allen spoke today with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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Earlier this month, the New York State Department of Environmental Consevation announced remediation work would begin at the Saint-Gobain facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls. The Superfund site is at the center of the PFOA water contamination issue affecting village water supplies. PFOA has been linked to ill health effects including cancer.

The Hoosick Falls Village Board, file photo
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Researchers at Bennington College have released the results of a Community Health Questionnaire, focused on reported illnesses possibly linked to the PFOA contamination crisis surrounding Bennington, Vermont and nearby Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh in New York.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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The Village of Hoosick Falls on Monday voted to accept nearly $200,000 in lost sewer and water revenues due to the PFOA contamination of its water supply. 

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Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen was in Washington D.C. Tuesday to attend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s summit on PFAS chemicals.

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Last week the Renssealer County village of Hoosick Falls, which has been dealing with water sources contaminated with the chemical PFOA, cut ties with a law firm that had been assisting the community negotiate a settlement with polluters Saint-Gobain and Honeywell.

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The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls Board of Trustees will have two new faces after candidates ran unopposed Tuesday. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the newcomers hope to move the village past looming environmental issues.

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The mayor of Hoosick Falls, a Rensselaer County village that has been dealing with contamination issues for the past year, is stepping down in a few weeks. David Borge will retire at the end of his second term.