A marathon of testimony during second hearing on PFOA crisis

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – State lawmakers had a second chance to ask officials and the public about the water contamination crisis in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh.

Another joint hearing between the state senate and assembly was held on Wednesday. The session lasted around 12 hours.

Most of the day was filled with lawmakers questioning officials with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the NYS Department of Health. But those living in the affected areas were also given the chance to speak.

“I no longer trust local and state leaders,” Jennifer Plouffe, of Hoosick Falls, said. “Why should I? Why should any of us?”

Plouffe closed on her home in November 2015. Twenty-four hours later, she learned the municipal water supply was contaminated with the chemical PFOA.

“I immediately went from being the happiest I had ever been to being terrified,” she said.

She had been drinking the water for a month and giving it to other family members.

“This is a social justice issue,” she said. “This is a human rights issue. People should have been protected and been given accurate information so they could protect themselves and the ones they love.”

Plouffe said the contamination was unreported for 18 months, and because of that, she and her neighbors will feel the impact of PFOA in the years to come.

“Instead of treating the concern as though people were alarmists, caution should have been exercised and the people and their health and safety should have been a priority,” she said.

State lawmakers asked the panel few questions. They said they represent what PFOA does to everyday people who are just trying to live their lives.

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