After hearings, questions linger for Hoosick Falls residents

HOOSICK FALLS -- Loreen Hackett has lived all but a few years of her life in Hoosick Falls. When the New York State Department of Health mailed PFOA blood test results in May, Hackett's levels were among the highest of village residents tested.

She was part of the group of residents clamoring for state hearings to delve into the PFOA contamination of the village's drinking water. Hackett spoke at last month's Senate hearing in Hoosick Falls and attended last night's Assembly hearing in Albany. She wonders now that the hearings are over what will happen next. "The whole issue of how to deal with toxic chemicals needs to be addressed. Should it be in the Health Department's hands or should a new water authority be made," Ms. Hackett said.

Michelle Baker sat through the entire hearing on Wednesday. "No one apologized to us from the New York State Department of Health; no one said I'm sorry. No one offered solutions; we really didn't get any answers," Ms. Baker said.

CBS 6 asked the DEC what is their next series of actions in regards to the contamination issue on Hoosick Falls. A spokesman sent this statement: "DEC is now requiring St. Gobain and Honeywell to undertake a full investigation of the area to determine the full nature and extent of the contamination, as well as develop the appropriate remediation plan to address PFOA contamination. DEC will oversee the development and implementation of the work plans and investigations."

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