Update on PFOA Situation from New York State DEC. February 5, 2016.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has delivered a letter to the district. We are committed to total transparency, so we are sharing the letter with you.

The school district is working with the DEC to discover how widespread the PFOA contamination has been in the Hoosick Falls community. The HFCSD bus garage water tested positive for PFOA, with tests indicating the level at 412 ppt. The bus garage location is 1.2 miles from our main campus. Our water at the school is safe, and we continue to test our school campus water to ensure that we are providing a safe water supply to our kids.

You may have witnessed the DEC at the bus garage recently, and that is mentioned in this letter. The bus garage site has existing wells for testing groundwater which were drilled concerning a site cleanup in 1997 and the years since. The DEC is collecting samples from these wells.

The letter also provides information regarding testing of the soil at the Little League Fields in the village. While the district has no oversight of those fields or their operations, many of the children who are students in the school participate in little league, softball, and pee wee football at those fields, and wherever our children are in the community, this district cares about their safety and well-being. The district will be meeting with representatives of those youth sports programs to discuss field options.

You may read the letter by clicking here.