NYS takes action involving water contamination in Hoosick Falls

Jan 28, 2016

ALBANY — State officials are declaring a site in a Rensselaer County village a state Superfund site to address water contamination from a chemical used in making plastics similar to Teflon.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in December warned residents of Hoosick Falls not to drink or cook with water from municipal wells after tests found contamination with PFOA, a chemical linked to cancer. The chemical was used in making high-performance plastics similar to Teflon until manufacturers agreed to phase it out by the end of 2015.


It’s something most of us take for granted. You turn on the tap, fill a glass of water and have a nice refreshing drink.

But what if that water has been deemed too contaminated to consume? That’s something residents of the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls are confronted with as they try to determine how to move forward and make their water drinkable again.

“We’ve always seemed to have a higher incident of cancer here than other places.”

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New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a meeting tonight to announce progress on the toxic contamination cleanup near the old IBM site in Endicott.

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Tonawanda Coke and its owner will be sentenced in federal court. In the preliminary sentencing report U.S. District Judge William Skretny said victims will not be allowed to seek restitution during Wednesday’s sentencing.

Tonawanda Coke was found guilty of violating the Clean Air Act in March 2013. Judge Skretny says there are other legal avenues where victims can seek compensation. The victims also will not be allowed to read testimony during Wednesday’s sentencing.

Community Organizer with the Clean Air Coalition Rebecca Newberry says victims have the potential to seek compensation through the various civil lawsuits against the River Road plant.


The United States Environmental Protection Agency rolled out guidelines for newly built power plants designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal is a key part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

The EPA’s proposed standards say that all new power plants must be built with available clean technology to reduce their carbon dioxide output. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck laid out the guidelines, which will be administered under the Clean Air Act.