Soil testing ordered in Hoosick Falls

HOOSICK FALLS (WRGB) -- The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health have directed Honeywell to conduct a soil vapor intrusion investigation at the company's former John Street facility.

Officials say the testing will look for volatile organic compounds at the location. According to the DOH, these compounds are chemicals that can easily enter the air as gases. Officials say the testing will help tell if any residents are in danger from exposure.

Officials from the DOH and DEC went with Honeywell to about 39 properties in the Village of Hoosick Falls to alert residence of the testing. After property owners allow access to Honeywell, contractors will be allowed to collect samples with results coming back within 30 days of validation.

Then, the DOH says it will examine the results and decide if further action is needed.

We asked Honeywell for a comment on the announcement and they sent us the following statement:

“During the ongoing investigations, we discovered volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that exceed New York State standards in groundwater and soil at and near the former John Street facility in Hoosick Falls. On Wednesday, February 8, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Department of Health, and Honeywell reached out to residents close to the John Street facility for permission to collect samples from their indoor air, and under their home or building. This is because VOCs can migrate from the groundwater into indoor air. All samples will be submitted to an independent lab for analysis and reported to the state. Homeowners will receive the results of the sampling and recommendations for additional measures, if necessary, to protect health and safety. All required work will be paid for by Honeywell.”

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