- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Environmental officials have designated the Taconic Plastics plant in eastern New York a state superfund site.

They say the designation will help to ensure prompt cleanup of PFOA contamination recently found in the local water supply. PFOA is part of a family of chemicals used to make nonstick cookware.

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced in March that Taconic Plastics would pay for a carbon filtration system for the Rensselaer County town of Petersburgh.

The DEC says the system is expected to be completed in August.

Environmental and health agencies are working to determine the extent of contamination.

The town has hired a firm to design water system upgrades.

Taconic says it’s already applied to the state to facilitate the cleanup through its brownfields program.

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