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Hoosick Falls, Newburgh wait for studies of chemicals poisoning water

May 22, 2018 1:01 pm
The Mid-Hudson News Network reports that while Hudson Valley towns from Newburgh to Hoosick Falls can't drink their water because of dangerous chemicals, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator has suppressed a study on the amount of danger. A study on the health effects of perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, exposure has been kept from the public, and at least one Hudson Valley Congressperson is upset. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, who represents the 18th Congressional District in the southern Hudson Valley, said, “I don’t give a damn about the EPA Administrator’s public relations concerns here, I’ve got people back home wondering whether or not they need to be worried about the PFOS in their blood.... It’s not enough to mislead the taxpayers, now they’re willing to withhold critical health information for personal and political reasons – it’s completely unacceptable.” Maloney had pushed the Investing in Testing Act into law in December 2017, requiring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a five-year, $7 million federal study into the health effects of PFOS/PFOA exposure. Read the full story in the Mid-Hudson News Network.
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