Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to water contamination in small New York community
Hoosick Falls prepares for long-term recovery
Reports of water contamination in U.S. communities appear to be happening more frequently than before. What used to be perceived as an international problem is now occurring in our own backyards. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance recently deployed a National Response Team to the small community of Hoosick Falls, New York.
The contamination was actually discovered in the community of 3,500 in 2014. Perflorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) is a known carcinogen once used in the manufacturing of non stick coating such as Teflon. The source was traced to a factory currently owned by Saint Gobain Performance Plastics, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Now the contamination has reached municipal wells in addition to several private wells outside the village.
“This disaster is still unfolding and its also unfolding in neighboring communities in New York and Vermont,” said Katherine ‘Cully’ Culpepper, PDA National Response Team lead. “Everybody hears about Flint, Michigan because it is all over the national news, but this is an issue that is bubbling up in other communities across the nation and is going to come to the forefront as a serious and growing concern for all of us.”