Faso Announces Critical EPA Designation for Hoosick Falls

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Washington, D.C., July 31, 2017 | comments

Washington, D.C. -  Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced that Hoosick Falls would be added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Priorities List, the final step before access to critical federal resources to clean up pollution in the area.

“This is critically important and welcome news as the 3,600 residents of Hoosick Falls will now see the contaminated Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site eligible for federal funding, permanently. I am proud to have advocated on behalf of the people of Hoosick Falls and the surrounding communities so they can have access to the funding necessary to clean up contamination and have safe drinking water. I look forward to working with the EPA, state and local officials, as well as the local community, to ensure that PFOA contamination is remediated and the health and safety of our families is protected,” said Faso.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility manufactures many different plastic-based products, and had been doing so with the use of PFOAs from 1999 to 2003. In 2015 the EPA advised Hoosick Falls that its groundwater was contaminated with PFOA from past industrial activities, and that it should not be used for drinking or cooking.

Receiving this designation from the EPA is the most effective way to ensure the proper steps are taken to remove the pollution. Congressman Faso has strongly advocated for this EPA designation, and had previously written three letters on behalf of constituents. These letters can be found here:

Faso Letter to the EPA, February 17, 2017 – Faso outlines the past actions taken by EPA, and the September 9, 2016 proposal to add Saint-Gobain site to Superfund NPL.

Faso Follow Up Letter to the EPA, June 22, 2017 – Faso follows up to EPA Administrator to Pruitt to add McCaffrey site to Superfund NPL.

Faso/Welch Letter to the EPA, June 27, 2017 – Bipartisan letter to EPA Administrator Pruitt encouraging the EPA to take a more prominent role in determining the impacts of PFCs.
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