State provides blood testing update in Hoosick Falls

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State officials gave the people of Hoosick Falls a status update on the water crisis in the village.

The meeting was hosted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health.

The DOH has held 22 blood testing events. Many have taken place at the Hoosick Falls Armory. With nearly 3,000 blood test results back, a clearer picture of the exposure is now known.

People who use Hoosick Falls village water have 30 times the amount of PFOA in their blood than the average American. With knowledge of their contamination, many are asking, ‘What now?’

There doesn’t seem to be an answer coming from the DOH other than to wait. PFOA levels decrease in the blood system by half in two to four years.

Michael Hickey, who’s credited with exposing the crisis after his father died from cancer, said it’s time to look past the frustration and toward the Superfund investigation.

“You’re not going to be able to say, you know, my blood’s 80; I’m going to get cancer tomorrow,” he said. “That’s the ever evolving science that’s always changing, and I think the ultimate goal would be to concentrate on the polluter and to have a safer water supply going forward.”

“We know that these blood monitoring results they provide information about past exposure,” Dr. Nathan Graber said. “Most important things to do in response to the exposure that’s been done.”

Dr. Graber said the next step after receiving blood test results is to contact a physician. Many of the possible side effects of PFOA exposure can be treated.

Anyone with questions about their blood test results, or who still needs to be tested, there are experts on hand at the Armory three days a week, including this Saturday.

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