HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> The companies being held responsible for PFOA contamination have submitted work plans that state officials say are necessary to determine the full extent of pollution.
Honeywell International announced on Monday that it would start sampling soil and water this week from two former manufacturing sites where the man-made chemical could have been used. The sites on John Street and River Road were once home to AlliedSignal Laminate Systems Inc., a predecessor of the Delaware company.
The investigation includes field surveys and sampling at the manufacturing sites, as well as adjacent private properties, Honeywell announced on Monday. Samples will include groundwater as well as water and soil from surface water.
A public meeting will be held at the HAYC3 Armory before the investigation expands to include other private properties near the manufacturing sites. The date and time was not announced.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation last week approved official site characteristics work plans for both sites, according to a Honeywell spokesperson.
Similar plans and studies for Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics' current sites on McCaffrey and Liberty Streets are now being reviewed by DEC, according to a spokesperson for that company.
"Due to the McCaffrey Street site designation as a New York State Superfund site, there are additional steps to be taken before work can begin," a spokesperson said in a statement.
The DEC will oversee the development and implementation of the work plans and investigations, an agency spokesperson said in a statement.
Both Saint-Gobain and Honeywell signed consent orders with DEC and are required to investigate contamination from PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid. The chemical was used by industries for decades when manufacturing the nonstick coating Teflon. It turned up in public and private drinking supplies in the town of Hoosick and Hoosick Falls.
One order signed by Honeywell covers sites on John Street/3 Lyman St. and River Road (Route 22). The former Oak Materials Group owned the properties from the 1960s until merging with AlliedSignal in 1986. AlliedSignal, an aerospace and engineering company, merged with Honeywell in 1999 to form Honeywell International.
A second consent order requires that both Honeywell and Saint-Gobain investigate 14 McCaffrey St. and 1 Liberty St. AlliedSignal formerly operated at both sites. Saint-Gobain has owned both since 1999.
Both Honeywell and Saint-Gobain were required to submit a work plan for the Liberty Street site, and a work plan and remedial investigation feasibility study for McCaffrey Street. The latter is classified as a Class 2 hazardous waste site and, according to DEC, poses a "significant threat to the public health or environment."
"Honeywell provided input on the work plans for both sites, but as the current owner of the facilities, Saint-Gobain will take the lead in performing the work," a spokesperson for Saint-Gobain said in a statement.
Technicians for Honeywell have begun field surveys, the company announced on Monday. The work includes collecting groundwater and soil samples from five places at the .6 acre John Street facility, and 11 from the 11.42 acre River Road site.
Samples will be taken from five other spots around John Street and about 20 around the River Road site.
Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.