PFOA cleanup to begin in Hoosick Falls


HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Environmental mitigation is expected to begin in the next couple of months at the Saint-Gobain McCaffrey site.

Saint-Gobain and Honeywell are the two companies responsible for the contamination in Hoosick Falls and will begin the remediation process. It’s an effort to remove PFAS, cancer causing toxins, that can be found in plastics.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, contaminated groundwater will be captured and treated to prevent additional PFAS at the site from going towards the village’s municipal water supply wellfield. This will be done using two existing wells and granular activated carbon filtration vessels.

The treatment system is similar to what is currently being used on the village’s drinking water supply.

In addition to the treatment on the ground, the DEC is teaming up with the EPA to test the air.

“We are doing a comprehensive analysis of the McCaffrey Street plant to see what potentially coming out of their stacks,” explained Sean Mahar, DEC Chief of Staff.

The results have yet to come in but will be made to the public when they become available.

The DEC said the treatment system will be monitored and in place for as long as it’s necessary. 

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