The PFAS Multi-Site Health Study
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is studying the human health effects of exposure to drinking water contaminated with PFAS (Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances). PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in many industries around the world, including in the United States for many decades. ATSDR is funding researchers from seven different sites across the U.S. to see how PFAS impacts health. One of these sites includes two New York communities: the village of Hoosick Falls and Hoosick area, and the city of Newburgh.
Researchers at the University at Albany and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) received funding from ATSDR to study PFAS and its possible relationship to health among those exposed to PFAS-contaminated drinking water in the village of Hoosick Falls and Hoosick area, and the city of Newburgh. Learn more about the funding awarded to UAlbany and the NYSDOH.
The University at Albany and the NYSDOH plan to enroll 1,000 adults and 300 children from both communities to evaluate their PFAS blood and urine levels, health measures like thyroid hormone levels and liver function, and medical history to better understand how PFAS may affect health.
Is it okay to drink the water in Newburgh, and the village of Hoosick Falls and Hoosick area?
Yes - your water is safe to drink!
Newburgh: The City of Newburgh water supply was transitioned to Brown's pond and then to the Catskill Aqueduct in 2016. Click here for more information.
The village of Hoosick Falls and Hoosick area: New York State installed Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filters for the public water supply in 2016. Click here for more information.
PFAS Biomonitoring: The NYSDOH Biomonitoring program measured how much PFAS you have been exposed to and compared PFAS blood levels in the village of Hoosick Falls and Hoosick area, and the City of Newburgh and to levels in the general population. If you would like to request a copy of your previous test results, please call NYSDOH at (518) 402-7950.
PFAS Exposure Assessment: The CDC and ATSDR are assessing the PFAS exposure in communities near current or former military installations. The exposure assessment will compare PFAS levels in blood and urine from the City of Newburgh to levels in the general population. The CDC and ATSDR will also identify and assess environmental factors that affect exposure. If you have any questions or concerns on the exposure assessment, contact Luis Rivera-Gonzalez, PHD, MS, ATSDR Division of Community Health Investigations Eastern Branch, 732-906-6933, [email protected]
Our staff is dedicated to bringing scientific information to our communities. We will review recently published scientific research articles and update our Published PFAS Research Articles page monthly.
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- Federal Government Human Health PFAS Research: 2 Day Virtual Event | Recording
- Federal Government Human Health PFAS Research: 2 Day Virtual Event | Proceedings
- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will establish a National Firefighter Registry to better understand the link between on-the-job exposure to toxicants and cancer. Individuals that volunteered or worked as a firefighter may enroll. Click here to learn more about the registry and when enrollment opens.
- The Rockland county January 7, 2021 Community Meeting | Recording
- The Rockland county January 7, 2021 Community Meeting | Q&A
- NASEM Guidance on PFAS Testing and Health Outcomes Meeting 1 | Recording