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Questions remain around new Hoosick Falls water source

May 17, 2021 5:45 am

Susan Arbetter is reporting for Capital Tonight the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation last week conducted a public forum to convince the residents of the village of Hoosick Falls that the agency's chosen water source proposal is the best option available. Hoosick Falls' drinking water was contaminated by PFOA discharged by St. Gobain and Honeywell, resulting in the village being designated a Superfund site. After two years of waiting, the DEC is now proposing the polluters pay for two new groundwater wells south of Hoosick Falls, each outfitted with a granular activated carbon filtration system or GAC. However, questions remain around the proposal, according to Elizabeth Moran, environmental policy director for the New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG [NIE-PERG].One of the outstanding issues Moran mentioned was the safety of the new wells. “How sure is DEC that these two groundwater wells are safe from future pollution? There’s a lot of concern about the Hoosick Valley. The plume from Saint Gobain in Hoosick Falls isn’t the only pollution plume,” she explained. But DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos told Arbetter in a televised interview he is confident that the wells selected by the DEC are safe now and will continue to be safe in the future. The public comment period for the DEC’s new water source runs through June 4. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.

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