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Blood tests in Hoosick Falls show PFOA levels way above average

Aug 05, 2016 12:04 am

Scott Waldman is reporting at Politico New York Hoosick Falls residents who drank the municipal water have, on average, more than 30 times the national level of PFOA in their blood, according to state health department data. The test results were mailed to residents this week. These test results are the first comprehensive look at the PFOA blood levels of those who live or have lived in Hoosick Falls and drank tainted water over an unspecified period of time. The blood levels for older residents of the Rensselaer County village showed the highest levels of PFOA. For men and women 60 and older, the median level was 91 parts per billion. By comparison, the median for children under 18 was nearly 34 parts per billion. Some residents have reported blood levels as high as 500 times the national average. PFOA has been widely used in non-stick products for decades, including food packaging, carpeting and furniture. It has been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, thyroid issues and high cholesterol. The state health department will hold a public meeting to review the test results, Thu., Aug. 11, in the village. Read the full story at Politico New York.

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