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Tests Find Low-Level Contamination In Pownal Water For PFOA

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The state of Vermont says tests of a water supply in the town of Pownal found low-levels of the potentially cancer-causing chemical that has been found in about 100 private wells in the adjoining town of Bennington.
Governor Shumlin's office said Thursday that results of three samples taken from the Fire District #2 municipal water source in Pownal found levels of the chemical PFOA of between 26 and 27 parts per trillion. The fire district serves about 450 people.

The state's advisory level for the chemical is 20 parts per trillion.

The Pownal case is the first time the chemical has been found in a public drinking water system in Vermont.

The state is arranging for the distribution of bottled drinking water to people in the affected Pownal homes.

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