HOOSICK FALLS, NY (NEWS10) – Many people living in Hoosick Falls are still relying on bottled water. At the same time, they’re finally starting to get some answers about PFOA’s impact on their health.
“It was kind of a surprise, they actually held up,” said Harold Stevens, who received blood test results.
After four months of waiting for answers, Harold and Marion Stevens now know how much PFOA they have in their bloodstreams.
“I said wow, we’re, we’re up there,” said Harold.
Their numbers are pretty high. Test results show Harold has 159 micrograms per liter or parts per billion while Marion has 104.
According to the DOH, the average level of those sampled in Hoosick Falls is 23.5 parts per billion, five times higher than the national average.
“We’ve got to learn what the effects now are going to be, because I don’t know what these numbers represent, “said Marion.
The Stevens’ said they’re now going to go to the doctors to find out what this means for their health in the long run. But until that time, they don’t know how to feel about their results.
“We don’t know to feel worried or not worried because until we talk and learn more about those results, that’s when we’re going to be able to know exactly what to feel, “said Marion.
On the other hand, they still have strong feelings of disappointment about the local and state governments.
“We feel that we’ve been deceived, especially when we have seen what Vermont has done in such a short time, and then we have kind of been put on a back burner,” said Harold and Marion.
But even after all this time waiting for answers, they’re hopeful for the future.
“I’m hoping for a tomorrow. I’m still hoping that there is a new water source that comes into Hoosick Falls. I’m hoping that our governor steps up to the plate to his promises,” said Marion.
Now the Stevens’ are just two people who have received their results so far. Many others including, their children and grandchildren, still haven’t yet.
If you have any concerns about your test results, the Department of Health will be at the Armory to answer your questions on Tuesday at 2 p.m.