"If Flint is the national standard-bearer for water woes, Hoosick Falls, New York — a quiet river-bend village near the New York-Vermont border — seems to be a local surrogate. The town's public water supply has been tainted with high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, a toxic chemical linked in some studies to an increased risk for cancer, thyroid disease and serious complications during pregnancy. But nearly a year and a half passed from the time the toxic chemical was discovered in the water — by a concerned resident — before state health officials issued a warning for residents to avoid drinking it. Since then, one resident called 911 asking whether the village's water would burn his skin off. Banks stopped giving out mortgages, and some local residents stopped washing their dishes, their clothes and themselves. Even the village's very name — pronounced who-sick — seems to be a cruel joke. @nathaniel_brooks_photo captured #HoosickFalls while on #nytassignment." By nytimes on Instagram.
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