HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> Federal environmental officials will be in the village later this month to explain the Superfund clean-up process.
A public meeting is slated for Monday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Armory, 80 Church St.
Officials with the EPA have been invited by town and village officials, according to EPA Press Officer John Martin. Staff were invited to explain the process and how adding a local manufacturing facility to the clean-up program would address contamination, Martin said.
Martin said the meeting isn't part of the typical process followed when a site is considered to be added to the list of the country's most hazardous waste sites.
"We will be answering questions, but will not be taking comments for the record," Martin said on Thursday.
Public comments still must be submitted to the EPA in writing by Nov. 8.
To learn more about the comment process, visit: www.epa.gov/superfund/public-comment-process.
The EPA proposed adding Saint-Gobain Performance Plastic's McCaffrey Street factory to the Superfund because of contamination from PFOA, a man-made chemical formerly used to make Teflon, as well as vinyl chloride and 1,2-dichloroethane. The factory, which Saint-Gobain has owned since 1999, was one of eight sites across the country named in a "proposed rule" the EPA published in the Federal Register on Sept. 9.
That notice triggered a 60-day public comment period that runs until Nov. 8.
Public comments can be submitted online at www.regulations.gov.
State Sen. Kathy Marchione called the Superfund status "critically important" in a comment she submitted on Sept. 20. The Republican, who represents New York's 43rd district, wrote that she listened to "over 20 hours of compelling testimony" from "constituents, government regulators and expert witnesses" during legislative hearings on water contamination.
"There is a clear and present need for the EPA to take a lead role in Hoosick Falls to assist the community in responding to the PFOA water contamination crisis," Marchione wrote. "Adding the Saint-Gobain site to the new proposed NPL sites would send a very positive message to the local community and illustrate the depth of the EPAs commitment to helping Hoosick Falls."
Saint-Gobain and Honeywell International agreed to consent orders with the state DEC in June that require they study the full extent and submit clean-up plans for sites on McCaffrey, Liberty and Lyman streets, and River Road. Both companies have agreed to pay for bottled water and to install filtration systems on affected water supplies.
Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.