The crisis began when factories in the small Rensselaer County community of Hoosick Falls contaminated the public water supply with Perfluorooctanoic Acid, known as PFOA. PFOA has been linked to at least 6 serious illnesses: thyroid disease, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and diagnosed high cholesterol. Testing found high levels of PFOA in the drinking water and in the bodies of local residents.
Democratic Candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon visited Hoosick Falls yesterday and met with residents who provided firsthand accounts of what it is like to deal with the toxic contamination of their drinking water.
Nixon was joined by community members and environmental activists to discuss the state’s response to the crisis.