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DEC announces permanent water source for Hoosick Falls

Dec 06, 2021 5:45 am

Susan Arbetter is reporting for Capital Tonight Hoosick Falls officials have been searching for a permanent clean water source after dealing with PFOA contamination. On Fri., Dec. 3, the state Department of Environmental Conservation released its final plan to find a permanent replacement. Two companies, St. Gobain and Honeywell, were responsible for the contaminating the original water source, which ultimately led to a Superfund designation. Under the DEC plan, two new groundwater supply wells will be developed and existing test wells south of Hoosick Falls will be converted to production wells. Resident Jennifer Plouffe has lived in the village since 2015, and she is skeptical about plan released by the DEC. Plouffe had hoped the DEC would site the Tomhannock Reservoir as the village’s new drinking water source. She notes that the entire area is heavily polluted with PFAS and other chemicals and as a result, identifying an alternate water source is a challenge. Every time the water is tested, contamination is found, she said. “So, it’s very hard for me to trust that these test wells that they’re going to be turning into resources for drinking water for folks won’t become re-contaminated." According to the DEC’s announcement, “in addition to the implementation of the new, clean drinking water supply, DEC continues to require Honeywell and Saint-Gobain to identify and address the sources of PFOA contamination in this community.” Brian Bushner, co-chair of the Hoosick Area Community Participation Working Group said in a press release, “This has been a long time coming but the group is comfortable that the process was as complete as possible and the decision reflects community priorities.” Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.

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