Marchione pushes mandatory PFOA blood testing by state

Sen. Kathy Marchione (R-Halfmoon) recently introduced a bill that would require biomonitoring of Capital Region residents exposed to PFOA.

The legislation directs the state Department of Health to conduct biomonitoring (blood testing) for residents of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh every two years. Testing would be required until “all individuals receiving blood testing in the study have a PFOA blood level not exceeding two parts per billion,” according to the bill language.

The bill memo states that biomonitoring will help explain the impact of PFOA in the bloodstream and shape future regulations of PFOA.

There isn’t currently an Assembly same-as, but it would be fair to assume Assemblyman John McDonald (D-Cohoes) will likely introduce the bill. Regardless, there is no¬† chance of a special session to address this issue in 2016 and it will have to be re-filed in 2017.

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