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Hoosick Falls, Petersburgh, Berlin landfills declared potential Superfund sites

Aug 30, 2016 6:00 am

Casey Seiler is reporting at Capitol Confidential the state Department of Environmental Conservation Mon., Aug. 29, declared the municipal landfills in Hoosick Falls, Petersburgh and Berlin to be potential state Superfund sites. The DEC said in statement released Monday afternoon, “Preliminary investigations indicate that the sites may contain perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which New York State listed as a hazardous substance on January 27, 2016, making these sites eligible for potential placement on the State Superfund Site Registry.” The agency said further investigation will determine if PFOA was disposed of in the landfills and whether any resulting contamination poses "...a significant threat to public health or the environment.” The state declared the Saint Gobain Performance Plastics site in Hoosick Falls to be a Superfund site in January, immediately after declaring PFOA to be a regulated substance. Seiler reports the DEC insisted there is no connection between the timing of its announcement and the legislative hearing scheduled to begin Tuesday. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.

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