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8 July 2017


NSF Awards Bennington College Grant to
Expand Study of PFOA


Bennington VT -- Bennington College Faculty Members David Bond, Janet Foley, and Tim Schroeder have been awarded a $300,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to deepen and expand the College’s response to PFOA contamination in New York and Vermont.

“Support from the NSF will allow Bennington College to do what we do best: confront the big problems of our time and put students and faculty to work crafting new insights and new solutions in real time,” said David Bond, Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) at Bennington College.

PFOA was discovered last year in alarming concentrations in the groundwater of several towns in Upstate New York and Southern Vermont. Once used in plastics manufacturing across the region, PFOA is now coming under increasing scrutiny as a widespread environmental toxin. Through new courses, new collaborations, and new research, this NSF-funded project—“Understanding PFOA”—will bring science education at Bennington College into conversation with unfolding local and national concerns about PFOA.

“This grant will allow us to more effectively apply the Bennington philosophy of learning by doing. Rather than just reading case studies of groundwater contamination incidents, our students will be actively investigating a local problem,” said Geology Faculty Member Tim Schroeder. “Students will learn about the science of PFOA contamination and, by visiting impacted communities, also learn why science matters.”

This project will equip a handful of science classes in chemistry, geology, and environmental studies at Bennington College to produce independent data on PFOA contamination.

“We are very excited to be able to follow up on strategies for involving students in the next phase of community involvement with the PFOA contamination in our area,” said Chemistry Faculty Member Janet Foley. “We hope to develop multiple mechanisms for students to engage in this issue, such as incorporating PFOA modules in our science classes, training students in GIS to develop visual mapping of data, and proteomic studies with yeast to explore the effects of PFOA from a molecular point of view. This issue is an opportunity for students to see that by integrating knowledge with real-life problems, they can make real changes in the world.”

Bond, Foley, and Schroeder are joined on the grant by Associate Professor of Chemistry Laura MacManus-Spencer of Union College.

“This project will provide a crucial home base for the growing network of research scientists and science educators in our region concerned about PFOA,” said MacManus-Spencer. “From university laboratories to high school classrooms, this project will help organize and apply the scientific resources of our region to the urgent questions being raised about PFOA by local residents.”

This project also teams up with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) to share research projects and findings on PFOA across state borders.

In many ways, PFOA represents a new kind of environmental problem. Once a key ingredient in the manufacture of high-performance plastics like Teflon, PFOA is now coming into focus as a subtle environmental toxin since low-level exposure has been correlated to a number of adverse health effects. PFOA resists natural degradation, is chemically stable in water for nearly a century, is highly mobile once released into the environment, and is readily absorbed by the body when consumed, where it is unsafely housed for 3–5 years.

Although PFOA was voluntarily phased out of manufacturing in the US in 2015, a tremendous amount remains in the environment. The Environmental Working Group estimates that over 5 million Americans currently rely on drinking water with harmful levels of PFOA. As the EPA summarizes, “the toxicity, mobility, and bioaccumulation” of PFOA poses difficult questions for safeguarding human health in areas where it has been released into the environment.

“Bridging local questions about PFOA contamination with the analytic resources and manpower of the science classroom, this project showcases the civic value of science in times of new environmental challenges and toxic uncertainties” Bond said. “It promises a new educational model for colleges and universities to respond to nearby environmental problems.”

This current grant builds on a previous RAPID NSF grant Bennington College received in March of 2016. As PFOA was discovered in Hoosick Falls, NY, in 2015 and in Bennington, VT, in 2016, Bennington College designed and offered a new course on the chemical properties, environmental pathways, and policy concerns surrounding PFOA. Alongside Bennington students, this class was opened to high school teachers, nurses, local journalists, and community members from Hoosick Falls and Bennington. This class was offered as a primer on PFOA that could equip students and citizens alike to better navigate the very complicated science of PFOA, to produce data more attuned to local concerns, and to demand better protections for water resources moving forward. This additional NSF support will enable Bennington to continue offering this course once a year for three years.

In the course, students also learned how to produce and interpret original data on PFOA contamination. Taking public concerns around PFOA as analytic prompts, students and faculty designed research projects that could produce independent data to answer community questions. For example, residents asked if there might be any PFOA in local maple syrup. After tapping two trees within one mile of a former plastics plant, laboratory analysis found low levels of PFOA in the maple sap (about 8 ppt). Other residents asked if there might be any residual PFOA in the water pipes of their home, which are located after the carbon filtration system and thus might be a continued source of PFOA exposure. Laboratory analysis found no detectable PFOA in water sampled from the kitchen faucet in homes in Hoosick Falls and Bennington with private wells that have high levels of PFOA.

Many local residents also expressed concern about highly divergent readings among immediate neighbors—the well of one house has alarming levels of PFOA while the well of the house next door does not have detectable levels. Monitoring two neighborhoods with divergent readings over the course of one year has not revealed a coherent pattern: analysis has indicated significant fluctuation in one neighborhood and relative stability in another. Continued NSF support will enable Bennington College to continue monitoring these neighborhoods as well as continue using the scientific resources of the college to help answer new community concerns.

Bennington College’s pioneering response to PFOA contamination has garnered national attention. In addition to local and national media coverage of the project, Bond, Foley, and Schroeder have given invited presentations on their work engaging PFOA to environmental scientists and faculty at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northeastern University, and Williams College, as well as to environmental policymakers and elected officials in Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts. They’ve also given numerous presentations to residents and local leaders in Hoosick Falls, NY, and Bennington, VT. In May 2017, Bennington College also hosted a conference of 150 regional high school students and teachers to learn more about engaging PFOA in an AP science classroom.

About Bennington College
Bennington College is a liberal arts college in southern Vermont with a long tradition of engaging science and the humanities in the contemporary world. The Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) at Bennington College is furthering the educational philosophy and pedagogy of the College by connecting classroom learning to hands-on engagements with a wide range of current issues like international conflict and leadership, art in the public realm, incarceration in America, and, increasingly, our region’s food, energy, and water systems. Founded in 2011, CAPA teaches the essential capacities needed to develop an educated and emboldened citizenry. Drawing together the deep artistic and analytic resources of Bennington College and collaborating with existing public and private organizations, CAPA leverages the classroom as a new kind of laboratory for creative problem solving and innovation.

 




 

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NYS Department of Health

PFOA in Drinking Water in the Village of Hoosick Falls and Town of Hoosick

Individuals can obtain a copy of the Cancer Incidence Investigation


Cancer Investigation

Information about our upcoming public availability sessions, as well as links to PDFs of the full report and the summary of the report findings. Individuals can access the report at the following link:

http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/investigations/hoosick/.

Specific links to those PDFs can be found here:

http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/investigations/hoosick/docs/cancer_report.pdf
and here:
http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/investigations/hoosick/docs/cancer_report_summary.pdf.


10 Jun 2017




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For Immediate Release: 02/09/17
DEC Contact: Sean Mahar | (518) 402-8000
Press Office | PressOffice@dec.ny.gov
DOH Contact: Gary Holmes (518) 474-7354 ext. 1
Press@health.ny.gov


2.09.17
STATE DEPARTMENTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND HEALTH DIRECT HONEYWELL TO TEST FOR VOLITILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS NEAR FORMER HOOSICK FALLS FACILITY


The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) announced today that they have directed Honeywell to immediately conduct a soil vapor intrusion investigation following the detection of the volatile organic compounds (VOC) trichloroethylene (TCE) and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (111-TCA), at the company’s former John St. facility. Soil vapor intrusion refers to a process by which contamination beneath the ground’s surface moves into the indoor air of overlying buildings. These investigations are routinely completed near sites where VOCs, or chemicals that can easily enter the air as gases from some solids or liquids, are identified to help determine if any actions are required to protect residents from potential exposure.(continued...)

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Dear Mayor Borge:
Based on analytical results of testing on water samples collected from the recently installed full-capacity granular activated carbon (GAC) treatment system and from the clearwell at the Village of Hoosick Falls Water Treatment Facility, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has determined that the full-capacity system is operating in accordance with the approved design and producing water with non-detectable levels of PFOA. (continued...)

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Proposal for Analysis of Fish from Petersburgh, Hoosick Falls and
Newburgh for Perfluorinated Compounds Including PFOA and PFOS


Summary: DEC fish contaminant monitoring staff and DOH fish consumption advisory staff recommend that fish from waters contaminated by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) at Petersburgh and Hoosick Falls and from waters contaminated by perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) at Newburgh be collected and analyzed to provide an initial assessment of the potential bioaccumulation and risk posed by these and other perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).

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Drinking Water Health Advisories
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Honeywell to begin local investigation at John St and River Road sites. Nearby property owners may receive the Attached Letter and or receive a visit from a Honeywell representative.







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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING
POOLS AND HOT TUBS IN THE HOOSICK FALLS AREA
May 9, 2016

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Mayor Borge:
Please find our April 6 response to your Feb. 2 letter you sent EPA.


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DEC Delivers press release
DEC Delivers - Information to keep you connected and informed from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

New York State Announces Additional Progress in Addressing PFOA Contamination

Repeated Testing of Municipal Water Treatment System Shows PFOA at Non-Detectable Levels

7 of 10 Samples Across Village Distribution System Show Non-Detectable Levels of PFOA (less than 2 ppt); Other 3 Samples All Under 5 ppt Expands PFOA Testing to Include Farms, Gardens and Various other Sites Results Received for Additional 188 Residential Wells; 441 Water Filtration Systems Installed

The New York State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation today announced their weekly progress in testing water samples, installing point-of-entry water filtration systems, and providing residents with safe drinking water at their tap.

Municipal Filtration System

As Governor Cuomo announced during his visit to Hoosick Falls, the municipal water treatment system is functioning properly and sampling shows it is removing PFOA to non-detectable levels. The municipal filtration system consists of two granular activated carbon filters, and water runs through both filters before entering the village distribution system. Water is sampled after it runs through the first filter, and again after the second filter. Samples taken after the first filter show non-detectable levels of PFOA, even before the water is treated a second time. DOH has conducted seven tests on 3/9, 3/11, 3/14, 3/15, 3/18, 3/19, and 3/20 -- and they all resulted in non-detect levels of PFOA, showing that the system is fully operational.

Over the last week, numerous rounds of flushing have been completed throughout the distribution system. This week, ten samples were taken from different areas throughout the village distribution system. Seven of those samples showed non-detectable levels of PFOA (less than 2 ppt) while three samples showed levels of 4.10 ppt, 3.77 ppt, and 2.12 ppt. Below are the results.

Location 1 Location 2 Location 3 Location 4 Location 5 Location 6 Location 7 Location 8 Location 9
non-detect 2.12 ppt non-detect non-detect non-detect 4.10 ppt 3.77 ppt non-detect non-detect

State Expands Soil Sampling

As part of its Superfund investigation, DEC began sampling soil upon starting the aggressive Superfund investigation to determine the extent of contamination and as part of DEC's investigation into illegal dumping in the Hoosick Falls area. DEC will expand soil sampling in the Hoosick Falls area, in conjunction with DOH and the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, to evaluate the potential for exposure from soils that may have been impacted by contaminated water. As part of the State's Superfund investigation, additional sampling will include certain agricultural lands, gardens and other sites.

Residential Filtration Systems

Additionally, DEC continues the installation of point-of-entry treatment (POET) filtration systems for homes with private wells, with a total of 441 installed to date. DEC has received 768 requests for POETs, with 112 requests over the past week, and performed 681 pre-evaluations, which are necessary prior to system installation. Of those, 112 pre-evaluations were completed over the past week.

This Week's Sampling Results

Of the 188 water test results received by DOH since March 11, nearly all -- 179 --were less than the EPA Advisory level of 100 part per trillion (ppt) and nine had levels of PFOA at or above the EPA Advisory level of 100 ppt. Of the 179 under the EPA Advisory of 100 ppt, 102 have non-detectable PFOA levels (less than 2 ppt) and 77 have levels between 2 and 100 ppt.

Public and Private Well Sampling in Hoosick Falls March 11 to
March 20, 2016
Total Results Received 188
Total Results with levels of PFOA below 2 parts per trillion (ppt) (i.e. non-detection of PFOA) 102
Total Results with levels of PFOA between 2 and 50 ppt 59
Total Results with levels of PFOA at or above 100 ppt 18
Total Results with levels of PFOA at or above 100 ppt 9

 

Public and Private Well Sampling in Hoosick Falls March 11 to March 20, 2016
Total Results Below EPA Local Guidance of 100 ppt 179
Total Results at or Above EPA Local Guidance of 100 ppt 9

 

Public and Private Well Sampling in Hoosick Falls Total Results Since
January 27, 2016
Total Results Received 652
Total Results with levels of PFOA below 2 parts per trillion (ppt) (i.e. non-detection of PFOA) 301
Total Results with levels of PFOA between 2 and 50 ppt 223
Total Results with levels of PFOA between 50 and 100 ppt 60
Total Results with levels of PFOA at or above 100 ppt 68

DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Through Governor Cuomo's ongoing leadership, DEC continues to make significant progress in our operation to provide drinking water to residents in the Hoosick Falls area. Our dedicated staff from all across the state are working tirelessly to install water filtration systems on private homes, advance a study on an alternate water supply, and continue our investigation into the contamination in the area."

DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "DOH staff continue to provide ongoing assistance to residents in Hoosick and Hoosick Falls. More than 900 water samples have been taken throughout the area, our hotline has fielded nearly 900 calls from people seeking information about PFOA. Governor Cuomo has provide both DEC and DOH with the support and resources we need to address and resolve this problem."

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Staff from both DOH and DEC have been holding informational sessions every Tuesday (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Thursday (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.), and Saturday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), to help residents. More information is available by calling the Hoosick Falls water hotline at: 800-801-8092 (Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.).




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Water Valves(10 Mar 2016)

I received a call a few minutes ago from Eugene Leff who is the Deputy Commissioner at NYS DEC explaining the issue with the valves that were installed as a part of the POET systems as reported this morning in the news. The valves emit lead after a period of time and were never designed to be used with systems for drinking water. He could not tell me how many homes were affected but it was many. They have made changing these valves the new priority. As a result of the priority change the installation of new POET systems will slow down temporally.


Homes that have had new POET systems installed should not drink or cook with the water until given the all clear by DEC. They need to use the free bottled water that is available at Tops.




New York State Announces Progress Regarding Water Filtration Systems in Town of Hoosick and Village of Hoosick Falls

The State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation today announced progress to address perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination the public water system in the Village of Hoosick Falls and in private wells in the Town of Hoosick.


Today, the village carbon filtration system at the municipal water treatment plant was successfully installed and the distribution system will be flushed with clean, filtered water, to remove residual PFOA.

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HOOSICK FALLS CARBON TREATMENT
SYSTEM NOW OPERATIONAL


The newly-installed carbon filtration system at the municipal water treatment plant is fully operational and Village officials have begun pumping water through the system and into the Village's water distribution system, announced Village Mayor David Borge.

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FORMS


Private Well Sampling Request Form

2016 DOH Feb Info Sheet

2016 Water Filter System Install Fact Sheet




Today (Feb. 22) EPA issued Community Update Fact Sheet No. 2 which discusses the agency’s plans to sample the Hoosick Falls Athletic Field. The fact sheet and additional information about Hoosick Falls water contamination can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/hoosick-falls-water-contamination.






For Immediate Release: 2/16/2016

GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor


GOVERNOR CUOMO DEPLOYS DFS MOBILE COMMAND CENTER TO HOOSICK FALLS TO HELP PROPERTY OWNERS

Mobile Command Center to Provide Information on Insurance and Mortgage Issues to Hoosick Falls Area Residents Affected by Water Contamination

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Hoosick Falls Update:


EPA Soil Sampling at Ballfields


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Office of the Commissioner

Status of State and Federal Superfund Investigations




DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
AVAILABLE AT THE HAYC3 ARMORY WEEKLY
TO SUPPORT THE HOOSICK COMMUNITY.


The Department of Health will provide staffing to answer community members questions about PFOA (e.g., blood testing, water testing).


They will be available on Tuesdays and Thursday from 2pm to 8pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm starting immediately.


They will be stationed in The Perry Room in the HAYC3 Armory located at 80 Church Street in Hoosick Falls, NY. This program will be ongoing until further notice.




Hoosick Falls Well Water Sample Results*
1/26/2016

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Read the letter being mailed to all Village and Town municipal water customers.




Village Water Information




ATTENTION
Users of the Hoosick Falls Municipal Water System
Municipal Water Information Session
Wed. December 2
5-8pm

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