Remove Carcinogens From Water Supply

Target: Basil Seggos, Commissioner, New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Goal: Ensure community receives drinking water free from PFOA chemical contamination.

The community of Hoosick Falls has faced potential exposure to the known carcinogen Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) through contaminated drinking water for over 500 days. A growing coalition of residents and environmental groups are voicing concern that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is not moving swiftly enough to locate a new water source.

PFOA is a common industrial chemical used in the manufacturing of products such as popcorn bags and Teflon coated cookware. Testing completed by the Environmental Protection Agency of groundwater at the Saint-Gobain plastics manufacturing plant in Hoosick Falls found levels of PFOA above that which is considered safe for human consumption. Based on those findings, the Saint-Gobain site has been designated as a Superfund site in need of expedited cleanup.

In response to contamination concerns, the town has installed a carbon filtration system to remove PFOA from drinking water. This is only a short-term solution as a system malfunction potentially leaves residents vulnerable to PFOA exposure. Community and environmental groups have lobbied that the Department of Environmental Conservation provide a new drinking water source to ensure purity. However, the department has not yet committed necessary financial resources to enable that transition, despite the availability of a $2.5 billion fund created specifically to support clean water projects in New York.

Residents of Hoosick Falls should not have to live in fear that their drinking water may become hazardous at any moment. Please sign the below petition urging the Department of Environmental Conservation to provide a safe drinking water source.


Dear Commissioner Seggos,

I am writing to urge that the Department of Environmental Conservation commits to providing an alternative drinking water source to the community of Hoosick Falls. As you are aware, town residents have lived in fear of potential exposure to the known carcinogen PFOA for over 500 days.

The $2.5 billion clean water fund is available to support this urgently needed action. Please work hard to ensure that these residents are provided with a clean source of drinking water.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    are we drinking toxic water? no!


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