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.
What type of tests will the PFAS Multi-Site Health Study do?
Trained professionals from the community will:
- Collect your blood and urine samples
- Take your body and clinical measurements
- Ask questions about your residential, drinking water usage, occupational, and medical history
- Study behaviors in child participants
With your consent, staff will also collect information from your medical records and your child’s school records.
How are participants' results handled?
Research staff are careful to protect personal information. A unique participant ID will be used to conceal every participant’s identity.
When will the results be available?
Participants will receive a letter with their blood PFAS and health test results.
What are some benefits of participating?
- Help scientists understand how PFAS exposure may affect health
- Receive their individual tests results
- Receive up to $50 for adults and $75 for children for completing the entire study
- Over the next few months, the University at Albany and the NYSDOH will frequently meet with community members to answer questions as we plan this study.
- The University at Albany and the NYSDOH will form a community advisory panel (CAP) in both communities.
- In the spring of 2021, eligible residents will be invited to schedule a clinical visit and complete tests for the study.
- Participants will receive a report of their test results.
- University at Albany and NYSDOH staff will meet with community members and physicians to discuss the study results and answer questions about individual results.
How did PFAS get into drinking water?
Newburgh: In 2013, the City of Newburgh identified PFOS contamination in Lake Washington, a public water supply site. Stewart Air National Guard Base nearby used fire-fighting foam that contained PFOS (a type of PFAS) and contaminated the lake. In 2016, the city switched to a safe alternate drinking water source.
The village of Hoosick Falls and Hoosick area: In 2015, PFOA levels (PFOA is a type of PFAS) was detected in the public drinking water supply. The Saint Gobain Performance Plastics Manufacturing Plant used PFAS in their industrial practices, and this use contaminated water supplies in the area.
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.
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.
If you have questions or want to discuss an article, please let us know and we will be happy to set up a call. We are able to set up a call in either Spanish or Haitian Creole. We can be reached by phone at 1-833-732-7697, by text at 518-898-0276, or by email at [email protected]
- EU sets limit on PFAS in food
- PFAS and Pregnancy
- Cuomo signs PFAS ban in food packaging
- The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed an annual guideline concentration (AGC) in ambient air for PFOA of 0.0053 µg/m3.
- The New York State Department of Health issued a “Do Not Drink” advisory for three schools in the Hudson Valley
Please check back soon for upcoming events!
- 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
- NASEM Guidance on PFAS Testing and Outcomes Meeting 2 Eastern U.S. Town Hall | Recording
- Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Breast Milk: Findings of a New Study and Policies Needed to Protect Future Generations Webinar | Recording