HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — The Village of Hoosick Falls and Saint Gobain Honeywell have come to another agreement on a payment for the normal day-to-day operation of the water system in the village.
At the Board of Trustees meeting earlier this week, mayor Rob Allen read through the agreement, which has the companies paying nearly $150,000 for both fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22 to cover the village’s costs related to the operation and maintenance of the GAC (granulated activated carbon) filtration system.
The trustees unanimously voted to approve the agreement, which has nothing to do with any possible claims in the future.
“This is just for routine maintenance and upkeep,” Allen said.
The agreement also includes the companies paying for the costs of capturing and treating contaminated water during upcoming maintenance of Municipal Well No. 7, which is the main source of water for the village right now. Allen said it was normal maintenance to the well.
The agreement is the fourth such remediation since February of 2018 between the village and the two companies regarding PFOA, or perfluorooctanic acid, that was found in the village’s water back in 2014.
In 2016, Saint Gobain and Honeywell entered into an order of consent and administrative settlement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation where the two companies agreed to reimburse the village for “costs it incurred to operate and maintain the GAC filtration system.
In February 2018, the village received $330,000, in June 2018, they received $195,000 and in June 2019, they received $255,000. In total, after this new payment goes through, the village will have received nearly $1 million to take care of costs that the village would have had to pay.
All four agreements, including the most recent, have allowed both the village and Saint Gobain and Honeywell to reserve all rights to future claims.
“It covers things like electric, personnel, heating and etcetera,” said Albany-based environmental attorney David Engle. “If the village has more costs, we can go back and try to recoup those costs. We didn’t want the village to be fronting money, so we did it as a two-year deal.”
The NYSDEC has been working on a plan to find an alternative water source for the village, but that study hasn’t been completed yet. Allen said after some conversations with DEC, the plan is to have the information by the end of the calendar year.