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Valatie drinking water tainted with PFOS

Feb 03, 2022 2:02 pm

Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge reports for Columbia-Greene Media that one of the three wells that supplies drinking water to the people of Valatie is contaminated with the forever chemical PFOS. “We exceeded the MCL,” Village Mayor Frank Bevens said Feb. 2. “So when that happened we immediately shut down that well. We contacted the county Health Department. And we’re working with the county Health Department and the state Health Department because we’re under their guidance when it comes to stuff like this.” The well tested at 14 parts per trillion, exceeding New York's limit of 10 ppt. “They found out in the fourth quarter (of 2021) and they immediately switched the well off,” Columbia County Department of Health director Jack Mabb said. “So there are no issues for any of the residents whatsoever.” Except for the tainted water residents drank before the well was shut down. PFOS, a toxic chemical, has also been found recently in the drinking water at New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School, in Cairo's drinking water in Columbia County, at two locations in Rensselaer County, and in Newburgh. Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge reports for Columbia-Greene Media

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