A representative from the Environmental Protection Agency will not be attending the state Senate’s Hoosick Falls water quality hearing scheduled for Tuesday in the village, but instead will submit written testimony.

“The EPA was invited to testify but declined our invitation to participate,” said Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif. “They will instead submit written testimony.”

The EPA’s decision to not have a physical presence at the meeting comes amid a strained back and forth between federal officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.

State officials have insisted the EPA’s standards for PFOA contamination in water have been inconsistent. Cuomo himself, in defending the state’s response, has said the EPA holds some responsibility over setting regulations and guidelines for chemical testing.

“I think that the EPA – this is going to be a challenge for the federal government’s EPA going forward. What chemicals should we be testing for, and what are the allowable levels of those chemicals in the water?” he said earlier this year. “That’s not just a New York challenge. It’s a national challenge.”

At the same time, the EPA pushed the state to take action on the water issues in Hoosick Falls, before declaring the water in the village unsafe to drink.

Top Cuomo administration officials, including Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos are scheduled to testify at the hearing.