ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It was a long day for lawmakers and families from Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh dealing with the PFOA water contamination crisis.
Wednesday’s hearings in the State and Assembly over “who knew what,” and “when” lasted for hours on end at the State Legislative Office Building.
These meetings started Wednesday morning and went on past midnight. State lawmakers spent the majority of the day questioning the EPA and DOH.
It wasn’t until some eleven hours later that the people who say they’d been lied to for 18 months were finally given a chance to speak.
Many of them told NEWS10 they no longer trust their local and state leaders after allowing families and young children to ingest poison for so long.
“This is a social justice issue. This is a human rights issue. People should have been protected and been given accurate information so they could protect themselves and the ones they love,” said Jennifer Plouffe of Hoosick Falls.
The Department of Health remained on the defensive throughout the hearing claiming they did their part when it came to responding to the contamination and notifying the people affected.