The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site in Hoosick Falls on Monday has been added to the U.S. Superfund’s national priorities list, a step toward allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to begin a permanent cleanup of PFOA contaminates in the area.

“Hoosick Falls residents need all hands on deck — and especially the EPA’s Superfund status — to hold accountable Saint-Gobain who created this PFOA mess and force them to clean up the pollution,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader in the U.S. Senate.

“I am glad that EPA has heeded our call to add this site to the Superfund list, because it gives the EPA leverage to make the polluters pay and to set a protocol for investigation and clean-up. I will continue to watch this situation like a hawk and will continue to remain in very close contact with the local officials to make sure the feds are meeting their deadlines.”

The state previously declared the area a Superfund site as well. Village residents received an alternative water source after high levels of PFOA was found in their drinking water. A search for a permanent water source continues.

“The EPA made the right decision by formally adding the Saint-Gobain facility in Hoosick Falls as a federal Superfund site. No New Yorker should ever have to worry about whether their water is safe drink, and I have been urging the EPA to designate Hoosick Falls a Superfund site so that this long-overdue cleanup can finally begin,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “I will continue to urge my colleagues to devote every available resource to clean up the water in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh.”

Environmental groups have monitored the situation reacted as well, saying it should be the beginning of a broader remediation, not the end.

“The work cannot end with this designation,” said Liz Moran of Environmental Advocates of New York.

“New York – which has already listed several locations in the state Superfund program in Hoosick Falls – should take the next step and identify a new drinking water source, and provide bio- and medical-monitoring for all residents who may suffer health affects long after cleanup is complete.”

Updated: The Department of Environmental Conservation and the state Health Department also issued a joint statement reacting to the news.

“We welcome the federal government’s addition of this site to the Federal Superfund Program, which we requested in January 2016. We will work in partnership with the EPA, as New York State continues to hold Saint Gobain and Honeywell accountable for cleaning up their contamination and providing an alternative water source to the community.”