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No hearings scheduled on Hoosick Falls water crisis

Jun 10, 2016 12:02 am
Scott Waldman in Politico New York reports that since blood results were released June 3, residents of Hoosick Falls, and politicians representing them, continue to call for hearings in Albany about the water poisoning. The story says the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not released the full results, telling reporters instead that the results range from "non-detect" to "greater than 200 parts per billion," although Hoosick Falls residents are saying they received much higher results. Richard Klapp, a professor of epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health wants the state to show the geographic distribution of test results, to find areas where exposures may be higher. On June 7, U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice of Long Island, became the highest-ranking Democrat to call for hearings on how the state and federal government handled the Hoosick Falls crisis. Rep. Chris Gibson previously announced support for hearings, and on June 9, State Assemblymember Steve McLaughlin (R-Melrose) waged a Twitter war against Cuomo's lack of action on the water issue in Hoosick Falls, and Kemp Hannon, the chair of the New York State Senate's Health Committee, about why he is not holding hearings. Waldman reports there is little interest anywhere in Albany for hearings. "Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan walked away from a reporter on Monday rather than answer a question as to why he had not called for legislative hearings into water quality issues around the state. On Tuesday, Basil Seggos, acting commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, left his bag behind because he skipped out of a committee hearing so quickly before a reporter could ask him questions," Waldman wrote. Now Hoosick Falls is not the only community now facing PFOA contamination in New York, with nearby Petersburgh suffering a similar problem in its municipal water supply. And Newburgh has recently tested positive for a high level of PFOS, or perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, which is similar to PFOA. Read the full story in Politico New York.
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