Hoosick Falls residents take to social media, talk to lawyers
"I don't think anybody expected our levels to be so high," said Hoosick Falls resident Loreen Hackett.
After getting her PFOA blood test results in the mail, Hackett was shocked at her level, but after seeing results from her grandchildren - she was heartbroken.
"This is what happens when people who are in charge of your health ignore you," Hackett said.
But she refuses to be ignored. After getting the results, she started the PFOA Project with her neighbor in the hopes that putting faces to the numbers will grab the attention of people in power.
"I'm sorry but if you're human, you can't ignore that. We needed to speak. We need to keep speaking. Faces draw more attention," she explained.
And more people working to help Hoosick Falls residents are attorneys from Weitz & Luxenberg. They held a public meeting Friday to talk with people about expanding the complaint filed by the firm against Saint Gobain & Honeywell. The firm is expanding the lawsuit to seek medical monitoring for all affected residents.
"We're now expanding it to anyone who is in the community, children for example who are not home owners," explained Weitz and Luxenberg Managing Attorney Robin Greenwald.
Research shows that PFOA is a probable link to multiple different health issues.
"I'm on medication for two of those right now which I'm afraid of, I'm only 55 years old," said Hoosick Falls resident Kim Forrest.
Forrest has lived in Hoosick Falls for 25 years. She says she's trying to remain confident that the attorneys will be able to get justice for residents.
"I think they're out to help us and I think it's the first time the people have had some kind of safe zone in this community," said Forrest.
"It's not peace of mind, a little piece of peace of mind maybe," said Greenwald.