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Hoosick Falls legislative hearings begin Tuesday

Aug 30, 2016 12:02 am

Scott Waldman is reporting at Politico New York the state Senate Tue., Aug. 30, will hold the first of three legislative hearings on the Hoosick Falls water crisis and statewide water quality issues. The hearing Tuesday will be chaired by state Sen. Kathy Marchione and held at Hoosick Falls High School. Marchione delayed calling the hearings until after the Assembly and members of Congress said they were necessary. On Sept. 7, the state Assembly and Senate will hold a joint hearing in Albany on water quality issues. And on Sept. 12, the assembly will hold a water quality hearing on Long Island. Hundreds of Hoosick Falls residents have been found to have elevated levels of PFOA in their blood stream. The chemical was used for years by local factories and made its way into the local water supply. Among the questions expected to be asked during the hearings: Why did it take so long for local, state and federal regulators to sound a public alarm? What will St. Gobain and Honeywell be expected to pay for? And why is there no bio-monitoring program in place for the impacted communities? Read the full story at Politico New York.