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Halfmoon back on Troy water

The EPA told Wormuth while it would work to determine what could have caused the levels to go up, it would also do more frequent water testing and get the town the results quicker. Even so, Wormuth said she's not taking any chances.

"We are focused on maintaining the health and welfare of our residents and are disappointed in both EPA and GE with the information they provided us," said Wormuth. "We will remain on Troy water for a long time until we are sure there is no danger to our residents and the town."

Hooking up to Troy water has a price, though. This increased cost is the crux of the lawsuit Halfmoon is currently involved in with GE, claiming either GE or EPA must pay for the increased cost of water so residents don't have to bear the burden.

"They're [residents] not the ones who polluted the river; GE did," said Wormuth.

The case is currently in federal court with another pre-trial conference scheduled for some time in April, although Wormuth said it is yet to be seen if that changes or is moved up, given recent events.

The EPA released a statement that said it contacted the Town of Halfmoon immediately after receiving water test results and said based on known river flow for that time period, the elevated levels was likely river scouring, due to high flows from excessive snow melt and rain. The EPA said it offered to cover the cost of connecting to Troy's water system.

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