EPA will test another Hoosick Falls, NY athletic field

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — The ongoing investigation into water contamination in the village has expanded to include another athletic field.

Environmental investigators will take soil samples from the Hoosick Falls Athletic Field on Barton Avenue to determine if the area is contaminated with the same toxic chemical found in the village water supply and some private wells, the EPA announced this week.

The EPA and state health and environmental officials are testing for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a man-made chemical once used to make Teflon and water-repelling products. Studies link PFOA to cancer and diseases of the kidney and thyroid. Several local factories are believed to have manufactured Teflon over a period of decades.

Soil samples were already taken from the ballfields and park areas along Waterworks Road from Feb. 15 to 19.

"Recently, EPA was notified by village officials that the Hoosick Falls Athletic Field near the ice

rink and community pool, located approximately a quarter mile from the Waterworks Road ballfields, may be the main field used by the town of Hoosick youth baseball and softball league this season," a community update issued by the EPA this week stated.

The update is available on the village's website: www.villageofhoosickfalls.com/Water/news.html.

Environmental investigators will take samples from the playground next to the community pool, several locations on the ballfield and football field

area, several locations which may be used as a little league field near the old backstop, areas

used by summer camps and the bleachers and spectator areas.

The EPA will test the field's upper foot of soil for PFOA and related chemicals, volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), metals and other contaminants. The upper foot of soil will be

sampled at two intervals: The first three inches, and from three inches to a foot below the surface.

"If hazardous substances, including PFOA or other contaminants, are present in the soil at the ball fields, the EPA will review the results and determine whether any cleanup work is necessary to protect the people who use the ballfields," the EPA stated.

Results of testing from both recreational areas are expected to be done by April. A public meeting would then be held before the start of the pre-season for baseball and softball.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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