For Release: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
DEC Releases Taconic Plastics Stack Emission Results in Petersburgh
DEC investigation finds air pollution controls are effectively removing PFOA emissions from plant
State continues to hold Taconic Plastics accountable in Petersburgh
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that results of stack emissions testing from the Taconic Plastics facility in Petersburgh have confirmed the company's pollution controls are effectively removing PFOA, as well as 12 other substances, from stack emissions to the air. DEC ordered Taconic Plastics to conduct this comprehensive testing in December 2016 and this evening shared results with the community at a town board meeting in Petersburgh.
The stack emissions testing results showed only trace concentrations of PFOA are being emitted at a rate of less than four grams per year. These trace emissions will not cause any adverse impacts on public health or the environment.
As the company ceased using PFOA in its coating process in 2013, DEC is requiring Taconic Plastics to conduct additional testing to investigate the potential sources of these trace amounts of PFOA. Routine tests will be conducted with strict DEC oversight and future results will also be shared with the public. DEC continues to oversee the investigation and is working with town of Petersburgh officials to ensure public health and the environment are protected.
To view stack test results and for more information on DEC's investigation of Taconic Plastics, please contact 518-357-2045.