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North Bennington Well Testing Shows PFOA Contamination

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Vermont officials say the results from the first round of water testing in North Bennington has shown widespread contamination among residences near the former Chemfab plant.
The state received lab results from 34 private wells on Friday.

Vermont Public Radio reports Department of Conservation Commissioner Alyssa Schuren says 29 of the tested wells showed levels of the carcinogen PFOA that were above the standard considered acceptable by the state.

The PFOA levels in the samples ranged from 38 parts per trillion, to 2,270 parts per trillion. The Vermont Department of Health considers 20 parts per trillion to be an acceptable amount of PFOA in drinking water.

Schuren says more tests are expected to come in this week and the state will begin soil testing in the affected areas soon.

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