Town board approves conducting its own water testing in Petersburgh

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PETERSBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The village of Hoosick Falls may not be the only community in Rensselaer County affected by PFOA contamination.

“I’ve been drinking the water,” Petersburgh resident Christina Hibbs said. “I’ve been taking showers with it. I’ve been brushing my teeth with it.”

Hibbs never thought twice about the water flowing from her tap. But now she’s afraid PFOA is in Petersburgh.

PFOA is a dangerous chemical linked to serious health concerns such as cancer. The chemical was found in the water in the village of Hoosick Falls.

“Now, it’s come to light that Taconic plant, which I live a mile away from, also could have contaminated our water,” Hibbs said.

Taconic Plastics makes Teflon-coated products at its Petersburgh site.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said Taconic’s legal representatives informed them the plant had previously been the site of PFOA contamination, but the company refused to comment on what the PFOA levels were.

The New York State Department of Health has begun taking water samples, but at Monday night’s board meeting, the town decided to conduct its own water testing as well.

Town Water Superintendent Benedict Krahforst said he sent a water sample from his home to St. Peter’s Bender Lab in Albany for PFOA testing.

“I think it’s more peace of mind,” he said. “And I think it’s good for the town to take a proactive role because it shows that the town does care for its citizens.”

Hibbs is anxious for the town’s test results.

“Because, like Hoosick Falls, if we’re contaminated, we need to find some kind of alternate source of water very quickly,” she said.

The town said it costs $275 per test, so it wants to get more information on how the state is handling testing, so they don’t overlap. The town also said the DOH is testing water in the Town of Berlin.

The town supervisor said he will call a special meeting when the state can make a presentation of details to the board.

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