HUDSON, N.Y. -- Tests have revealed no detectable levels of PCB's within 15-miles of TCI Incorporated, according to a press release from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. As a result, the Sheriff's Office said the New York State Department of Health has advised them that additional testing will not be necessary.
TCI Incorporated's location in Ghent, which recycles old electronics containing PCB's, was destroyed in a large industrial fire last week. No cause has yet been given.
The blaze created a large cloud of black smoke that prompted concerns from nearby residents and authorities.
The Sheriff's Office stated in the release that the DOH told them, "there is no reason to believe that there is a threat to the public from any type of hazardous material resulting from the fire."
Additionally, the Sheriff's Office stated the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets determined there was also no danger to livestock or produce.
The Sheriff's Office provided the following phone numbers for nearby residents with questions:
Health-related questions; New York State Department of Health: (518) 474-7354 (x 1)
Questions on the testing; New York State DEC: (518) 402-8000
Were you affected?: TCI Incorporated has also set up a toll-free hotline for any person who suffered property damage, or was inconvenienced in any way, due to the fire. The hotline is set up through their insurer, Zurich Insurance. The line will connect the caller with an adjuster that will go over claims. That number is (866) 837-5021.
The Columbia County Emergency Management Office posted a Google Documents page Monday afternoon, that contains all the documents forwarded to them regarding PCB testing. That page can be accessed here: https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0By5cn5kolcKVM3RLU256d2FuQzA/edit?pli=1