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More PFOA found in Poestenkill wells

Nov 19, 2021 1:44 pm

Kenneth C. Crowe II reports in the Times Union that two more water wells in Poestenkill have tested above the state levels of 10 parts per trillion for PFOA. That's now 10 wells poisoned with "forever chemicals" since PFOAs were first discovered in January in water at the Algonquin Middle School in Rensselaer County. Judith Enck, a former Region 2 administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Poestenkill Councilman Eric Wohlleber, who are both on the steering committee of Concerned Citizens for Clean Drinking Water, met with Gov. Kathy Hochul Nov. 18 about the issue. I am hopeful that Governor Hochul and her administration are taking this issue seriously, and (are) committed to ensuring a more open and transparent approach between [the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Health], and local residents. To date, the DEC and DOH are failing the residents of Poestenkill and wasting time, resources, and New York state taxpayer dollars while these officials are still not looking for the source of the contamination,” Wohlleber said. The Rensselaer County Health Department, the DEC, and the state DOH will hold a public forum from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Algonquin Middle School to discuss the issue. Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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