State of the Union guests include drinking water advocates

February 5, 2019

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A man who discovered industrial chemicals in his village’s drinking water is attending the State of the Union address as the guest of freshman U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado.

Michael Hickey of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County says he hopes his presence puts the spotlight on residents affected by toxic PFOA. Hickey tested for water contaminants after his father died of cancer and found high levels of the chemical long used at a village plastics factory.

Delgado, a Democrat, sent a letter last week to the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, urging him to set limits for PFOA and related PFAS in drinking water.

Advocates from PFAS contaminated communities in New Hampshire and Michigan are also invited guests at the Tuesday evening address.