- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a $10 million state Superfund allocation will be used to plan a possible alternative water supply for a village where a toxic chemical has befouled the drinking water.

Cuomo said Friday the state will also purchase and install water filtration systems for about 1,500 homes with private wells in the Rensselaer County town of Hoosick.

The actions were prompted by the August 2014 discovery of PFOA in the municipal water supply serving 4,500 residents. After initially saying the water was safe to drink, state officials launched a Superfund investigation last month and named a village plastics plant a potentially responsible party on Thursday.

The commissioners of the state environmental and health agencies were directed by Cuomo to answer residents’ questions on Saturday, when free blood testing will be offered.

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