HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — A factory site contaminated with chemicals that also tainted drinking water in an upstate New York village near the Vermont border has been designated a federal Superfund site.
The listing announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency allows federal resources to be used to clean up areas of Hoosick Falls contaminated with PFOA. The chemical formerly used to make Teflon and similar coatings has been linked to health problems.
The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant was previously added to the state’s Superfund list of priority projects.
U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer had advocated the federal designation.
Saint-Gobain has added filters to public and private wells to remove PFOA until an alternative water source is found.
A Saint-Gobain spokeswoman said the company is fully cooperating with authorities investigating the contamination.