Manufacturers Pay to Clean Up Contaminated Water in NY
The Associated Press reports that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation sent a letter to the two industrial companies demanding that they finance a Superfund cleanup in upstate New Yorkâ€™s Hoosick Falls. Other companies may also be held liable in the future.
The federal EPA told some 4,500 local residents to stop drinking the water in December, more than a year after officials confirmed perfluorooctonaoic acid (PFOA) had contaminated the municipal water system.
PFOA is a man-made chemical used in non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing and dozens of other industrial applications. The EPA is investigating PFOA under the Toxic Substances Control Act because it is very persistent in the environment and remains in peopleâ€™s blood for a very long time. It can cause developmental problems in lab animals.
The New York DEC traced PFOA to a factory acquired by Saint-Gobain and previously operated by Honeywell predecessor AlliedSignal Laminated Systems.
Both companies told the AP that they are working with environmental agencies to clean up the contaminated water.
â€śAs weâ€™ve done from the first time we were notified about PFOA in Hoosick Falls in December 2014, we will continue to cooperate with all parties involved,â€ť Saint-Gobain spokeswoman Dina Pokedoff said.
Honeywell spokeswoman Victoria Ann Streitfeld said the company met with agency officials last week. â€śWe are committed to continued cooperation,â€ť she said.
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