Hoosick area group forming to discuss PFOA issues

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — Recruitment of members for the Hoosick Area Community Participation Work Group (CPWG) is under way, and the first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hoosick Falls High School.

The meeting will be open to the public.

The Paige Group, stakeholder engagement specialists selected through a New York Department of Environmental Conservation RFP process, issued a call for candidates in mid-April. The firm has been engaged as an independent, third party to help convene and facilitate the CPWG.

Community members interested in participating on the group were asked to submit a letter of interest by May 17. Candidates are being contacted the week of May 20 and membership will be announced in the near future.

The CPWG will provide an ongoing opportunity for the greater Hoosick Falls community to discuss progress of PFOA remedial activity and options being explored for municipal water supply. This first meeting will include a review of the group's roles and responsibilities, an overview on the status of the project, and identification of priority topics of interest.

Meetings will be held monthly and a 2019 meeting schedule will be made available to the public.

The Hoosick area Superfund sites include Saint-Gobain-McCaffrey Street; former Oak Materials-John Street; Saint-Gobain-Liberty Street; Hoosick Falls Landfill; and Alexander Schmigel Property. Investigative work is also being performed at potential Superfund sites, or "P" sites, which include Oak Materials-River Road; Interface Solutions; former Dodge Machine; and Allied-Signal Laminate Systems-Mechanic Street.

For more information, visit the town and village websites: townofhoosick.org or villageofhoosickfalls.com, or http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/108791.html

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