The fear spread across an upstate town struck by a terrifying water crisis can be seen on the faces of residents in a new social media campaign.
Stark black and white photos of the residents of Hoosick Falls, in Rensselaer County, fill the Twitter and Facebook feeds of the PFOA Project NY.
Each resident holds a sign announcing the results of blood tests showing how much perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical linked to cancer, is in their bodies.
“I’m only six ... can you ignore that???,” reads a sign held up by Corey Aldrich.
His PFOA level is 142 parts per billion.
Nationwide readings average 2.08 ppb, compared with a 23.5 average in Hoosick Falls. The average level of the toxic chemical in the blood of 2,000 Hoosick Falls residents was about 10 times that of the general population, the state Health Department said.
Corey’s 4-year-old sister, Alyssa, holds a sign revealing a PFOA level of 117 ppb.
Studies have shown PFOA has been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease and other ailments.
Some Hoosick Falls residents have filed a class action lawsuit filed against Honeywell International and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, the companies that currently own the manufacturing plants identified by state investigators as the most likely sources of the contamination.