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Vermont Officials To Update Bennington Residents Tuesday On Contamination Response

Lucas Willard
A map of the affected area in Bennington. The area shaded in blue indicates the portion of town where municipal water lines are currently being extended. File photo.

Vermont environmental officials will hold meetings Tuesday to provide the latest information to Bennington-area residents about the PFOA contamination of local water supplies and the ongoing response. 

At 5 p.m., a community meeting at Old First Church at 1 Monument Circle will focus on the investigation into PFOA contamination in Bennington’s east side. Recently, a report by scientists from Saint-Gobain claimed the company could not connect its facilities to the pollution found in areas east of Route 7A.

A second meeting will be held at Bennington College at 7 p.m. where officials will give an update on the construction of PFOA-free municipal water line extensions to homes with contaminated wells. The construction is being completed as part of a consent agreement with Saint-Gobain and the state of Vermont.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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