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Saint-Gobain Corporation To Handle Chemfab Contamination Fallout

PFOA formula

The company that last owned the now-closed ChemFab plant in southwestern Vermont is providing bottled water for anyone affected by contaminated water from the facility.
Governor Peter Shumlin's office said Wednesday that water samples were taken Tuesday from 48 homes within 1.5 miles from the former Chem Fab plant as part of an effort to sample 110 homes.

Tests to determine if the wells are contaminated with the chemical PFOA will take two weeks. The chemical was once used to make non-stick materials.

Vermont officials reported last week that PFOA was found in some water samples taken in North Bennington. Residents were told not to drink the water.

The ChemFab plant was taken over by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in 2000, which operated the plant until its 2002 closure.

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