Companies to start state required cleanup efforts in Hoosick Falls

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> Representatives of one company the state says is responsible for PFOA contamination will soon be in the village for cleanup efforts.

Both companies are expected to soon start requesting residents' permission to start testing groundwater on their property.

Honeywell International representatives will be staging an area within the next week, according to Mayor David Borge. The company will set up a trailer at the end of John Street near a former manufacturing plant it owns.

Representatives of Honeywell will begin knocking on doors and mailing letters requesting residents' permission to go onto their property, he said. Sample forms and letters will be posted on the village website in advance.

"I think the important point is that both Honeywell and Saint Gobain are being directed to move forward with their actual studies, get the groundwork done," Borge said during Tuesday night's Village Board meeting.

On June 1, representatives of Saint-Gobain and Honeywell signed the legally enforceable consent orders that also required they negotiate with the village within 45 days, or until July 16.

"We're in the final stages of working that through," Borge said.

While state officials look towards holding the companies accountable for pollution that may have taken place over decades, they're also searching for another water source to replace the three wells that are close to Saint-Gobain's McCaffrey Street plant.

Jim Quinn with the state Department of Environmental Conservation's remediation programs said the agency isn't waiting for Saint-Gobain or Honeywell.

"We're moving forward and they're trying to catch up to speed with us."

He said they need more information about mapping the contamination plume.

Responding to resident Kevin Allard's inquiry about news reports of elevated PFOA level at the former landfill on Walnut Street, Quinn said the formal sampling result data should be released soon.

Quinn said, to his knowledge, water from a groundwater sampling well at the capped landfill is tested routinely. Elevated levels of PFOA were found in the latest round of testing.

The landfill reportedly had a level of 21,000 parts per trillion, the highest found in the village to date. The next highest of 18,000 ppt was in a testing well at Saint-Gobain's McCaffrey Street facility. A capped landfill in Petersburgh reportedly had 4,000 ppt.

Contact Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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