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EPA adds Hoosick Falls plant to priorities list

EPA adds Hoosick Falls plant to priorities list

'This is critically important and welcome news'
EPA adds Hoosick Falls plant to priorities list
Residents of Hoosick Falls at the state Capitol in Albany on June 15, 2016.
Photographer: Nathaniel Brooks/The New York Times

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site in Hoosick Falls has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List, U.S. Rep. John Faso said Monday.

The facility, which manufactured plastic-based products, used PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) from 1999 to 2003, according to a news release from Faso, R-Kinderhook.

PFOA is a toxic chemical used in the production of nonstick surfaces for products used in cooking. It's been linked to health issues, including cancer.

It was allegedly leaked into the water supply from the Saint-Gobain site and previously by other companies. In 2015, the EPA advised Hoosick Falls that its groundwater was contaminated.

Studies have linked exposure to the chemical to an increased risk of cancer and other health problems.

“This is critically important and welcome news as the 3,600 residents of Hoosick Falls will now see the contaminated Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site eligible for federal funding, permanently," Faso said in the release. 

Faso has advocated in three letters to the EPA since February that Hoosick Falls be added to the Superfund-financed National Priorities List.

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