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Information for Communities Impacted by Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)

Town of Hoosick and Village of Hoosick Falls, and areas of White Creek, Cambridge and Eagle Bridge

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was detected in the Village of Hoosick Falls' public drinking water supply and Town of Hoosick private drinking water wells above the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion (ppt). The presence of PFOA in groundwater is linked to past manufacturing sites in the Village and Town. At this time, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International have been identified as responsible parties.

New York State has taken unprecedented action and spared no expense to secure clean drinking water for Hoosick Falls. Through the work of the Governor's Water Quality Rapid Response Team, the state continues to address drinking water contamination across New York, and calls upon the EPA to implement uniform, nationwide regulations for PFOA and other unregulated contaminants.

DEC staff sampling a private well in Hoosick Falls
DEC staff sampling a private well in Hoosick Falls

Under the direction of DEC and the NYS Department of Health (DOH), the responsible parties:

  • provided free bottled water to Town and Village residents;
  • installed a temporary carbon filtration system at the municipal water treatment plant in order to remove PFOA from the Village's drinking water supply; and
  • installed a new full capacity granular activated carbon filtration system (GAC), which allows for the treatment of a higher volume of water and will ensure residents in the village continue to have access to clean drinking water

In addition, DEC and DOH:

  • provided free private well water sampling tests (during 2016, over 1,000 private wells were tested); and
  • installed state-of-the-art point of entry filtration (POET) systems to remove PFOA from private wells (over 800 POET systems installed).

What's Being Done

In January 2016, DEC and DOH called on the federal EPA to add the site to the federal National Priorities List for the federal Superfund program. View the state's letter to then- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (PDF).

DEC, in conjunction with DOH, listed the Saint-Gobain McCaffrey Street facility as a Class 2 Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal (State Superfund) site and DEC subsequently negotiated with Saint-Gobain and Honeywell to:

  • install and pay for operation and maintenance of a full capacity carbon filtration system for the Village water supply;
  • implement a remedial program for the Saint-Gobain McCaffrey Street site; and
  • conduct investigations of three other sites in the Village and Town to determine if these sites should be listed as State Superfund sites.

In addition, DEC conducted independent surface water sampling of the Hoosic River and several tributaries, sampling at the Hoosick Falls Landfill, sampling of swimming pools, and surface soil sampling at private properties in the Village and Town to help identify potential impacts of PFCs. As a result of the landfill sampling, DEC has commenced an investigation of the landfill to determine whether this site is a source of PFC contamination and should be listed as a Superfund site.

The state's private well sampling and POET system installation has extended north from the Town of Hoosick into Washington County in the Towns of Cambridge, White Creek, and Jackson where private wells have also been impacted by perfluorinated chemical contamination.

Clean Water Infrastructure Act

New York State is aggressively working to address water contamination issues. To enhance these efforts, the Governor proposed the unprecedented $2 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, which was passed and funding was initiated as a part of the 2017-2018 New York State budget. The Act will provide direct support to help communities upgrade aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and protect drinking water sources by conserving open space and addressing contaminants, prioritizing regional collaboration at the watershed scale and creating thousands of jobs in the process. This will include funding to upgrade drinking water infrastructure with modern filtration systems and connect contaminated private drinking water wells to regulated public systems, as well as additional support for the State Superfund program.

Remedial Programs

DEC has entered into a consent order (PDF, 2.44 MB) with Saint-Gobain and Honeywell for implementation of a remedial program for the Saint-Gobain McCaffrey Street Site (No. 442046) and for an investigation of the Saint-Gobain Liberty Street Site (No. 442048) in order to determine if the Liberty Street site should be listed as a State Superfund site. In July 2017 the Liberty Street site was listed as a Class 2 site and the existing consent order includes provisions for Saint-Gobain to implement the remedial program at the site.

DEC has entered into a consent order (PDF) with Honeywell for implementation of investigations of the Oak Materials (River Road) Site (No. 442008) and the Former Oak Material (John Street) Site (No. 442049) in order to determine if either of these sites should be listed as a State Superfund site. In July 2017 the John Street site was listed as a Class 2 site and the existing consent order includes provisions for Honeywell to implement the remedial program at the site.

DEC has also commenced a site characterization study to determine if the Hoosick Falls Landfill (No. 442007) should be listed as a State Superfund site. Consent Orders have been executed for the Allied-Signal Laminate Systems - Mechanic Street site (No. 442050) (PDF, 22 pages 495 KB) and the Former Oak-Mitsui - First Street site (No. 442052) (PDF, 17 pages 890 KB). Site characterizations will be conducted at those two sites as well.

Environmental Sampling

DEC has conducted environmental sampling of soil, groundwater, surface water, and sediment in the Hoosick Falls area and southern Washington County to determine if these environmental media have been impacted by PFCs and, if so, this will help determine sources of contamination.

How to Get Your Drinking Water Tested

New York State continues to sample private wells within the Town of Hoosick and southern Washington County.

If you are located within the Town of Hoosick, including the areas of White Creek, Cambridge and Eagle Bridge, and would like to schedule a technician to visit your home for well water sampling, call DOH at (518) 402-7860.

Point of Entry Treatment System (POETS)

staff and contractors getting briefed before installing POETS
Preparing to oversee installation of POETs

More than 800 POET systems have been installed in the Hoosick Falls area for treatment of private or commercial water supplies.

Contact Information

  • For DEC-installed POET system maintenance and repair call: 1-888-459-8667 (24/7)
  • For other additional information call the State's Water Quality Hotline at: 1-800-801-8092
  • •For health related topics, including biomonitoring, go to the DOH website

Additional Information

Fish Advisory

DEC and DOH have determined that fish caught in Thayers Pond show elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate acid (PFOS) in collected samples. DOH recommends that anglers practice "catch and release" only from Thayers Pond until further notice.

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