2 meetings in 2 towns battling the PFOA crisis

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PETERSBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Two important meetings took place in two Capital Region towns dealing with PFOA contamination.

First, nationally known law firm Weitz & Luxenberg held an emergency meeting in North Hoosick over blood test results.

“He’s 10; his number is 40,” Lynn Anson said.

After receiving her family’s blood test results, Anson wants to know more about medical monitoring. But she said she can’t wait for the state.

“It’s very scary because I don’t think anything’s going to get done unless somebody really gets angry and pushes for it,” she said.

Therefore, she came to the emergency meeting. The law firm filed a federal complaint against the companies responsible for PFOA. Contamination lawyer Robin Greenwald said it was an emotional day.

“It’s so hard to sit down and talk to people who feel this incredible guilt, like, ‘I did this to my family,’” she said. “And, of course, nobody did. The polluter does it to the family.”

Meanwhile, the town of Petersburgh remained without a supervisor until Friday night. The town board elected Alan Webster as interim supervisor. He left his position as a board member to take on the new role.

In his place is the former town supervisor’s daughter-in-law, Amy Schaaphok.

“This isn’t just about water,” Webster said. “It’s about the town operating smoothly.”

But some in Petersburgh are also dealing with jarring blood test results. Gwenyth Young, 10, said her level showed 207 parts per billion, which is more than 100 times higher than the national average.

“My mom has told me to try and stay strong and not to let it bother me a lot, because for being 10, it’s scary,” she said.

Webster said he plans to begin a quarterly newsletter to keep people informed of the water crisis developments. New board member Schaaphok did not want to do an interview, but Webster said she has great business experience.

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