EPA takes additional soil samples from athletic fields in Hoosick Falls

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Testing for PFOA contamination in the village of Hoosick Falls continued on Tuesday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took dozens of soil samples to test for PFOA contamination at an athletic field and playground area in Hoosick Falls.

Carson Campbell watched his daughter and nephew play at a playground while EPA staff members worked nearby.

“My concerns are just them rolling around playing; what kids do playing in the dirt,” he said. “I don’t know much about it, but I know it’s pretty dangerous stuff, and I know I definitely don’t want my kids involved in it.”

His concerns are justified, according to EPA On Scene Coordinator Margaret Gregor.

“We are sampling in the upper foot of soil in the areas where people could be most likely to be exposed to the soil when kids are playing in the dirt,” she said.

Gregor said soil samples are being taken from 21 locations.

“We are just checking to see whether there could have been any air admissions from the facilities that could have travelled over by the air currents and settled into the soil,” she said.

Staff members are testing for the hazardous chemical PFOA and other materials.

“Volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, PCBs, and heavy metal,” Gregor said.

As many in the village have voiced concerns of how long officials knew about the water contamination, Campbell believes the soil sampling could have also been done sooner.

“We just found out about it as a community a couple months ago,” he said. “So I’m glad that they are taking the appropriate steps. It’s a little untimely. They could have done it in a better, timely manner, but better late than never, right?”

The EPA hopes to have the test results back before the baseball pre-season begins. The testing will determine if past releases of PFOA into the air from local facilities may have contaminated the soil.

The EPA said it expects the test results to be back in about a month.

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