The tests showed PFOA levels at 68 parts per trillion (ppt), a few points below the drinking water standard of 70 ppt, the report says. The results were used by local officials to oppose a plan by the town of Colonie to double the size of the landfill along the Mohawk riverbank.
The town wants to expand the landfill into a 132-acre section that has already been capped. The report says the section, known as Area 7, includes hazardous waste brought to the landfill in the 1980s. Fifty acres of the site houses hazardous waste dump by Colonie. The report says the area does not include an underground liner and is considered an inactive hazardous waste site by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
Opponents of the proposal say the extra weight from new waste could add pressure to the hazardous materials, causing them to leak into the groundwater and the river, according to the report.
PFOA is used to create nonstick and heat-resistant surfaces, the report says. Previous incidents of the chemical getting into the groundwater at the village of Hoosick Falls created new state drinking water standards.
Sterling Environmental Engineering, Latham, New York, conducted the tests and DEC spokesman Sean Mahar says in the report that the agency is reviewing results.