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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.

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The New York State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation say tests are showing decontamination of the Hoosick Falls water system is successful.

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Bennington College has received a $90,000 grant to study the chemical PFOA, which has been found in surrounding water sources. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with faculty at the college who will be guiding research into a subject with many unknowns.

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.

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A temporary filtration system is up and running in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls. The community near the Vermont border has been grappling with the chemical PFOA in its public water supply. On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a much anticipated visit to review the work done so far.

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Bennington College has received a $90,000 grant to study the chemical PFOA, which has been found in surrounding water sources.

An environmental law firm has announced it is expanding its investigation of PFOA contamination to New Hampshire. The announcement comes on the heels of investigations in New York and Vermont.

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New York state officials say they’re addressing a misstep in the installation of water filtration systems in the Town of Hoosick, where residents are grappling with contaminated drinking water. Meanwhile, work continues to restore clean water within the Village of Hoosick Falls.

New York State's Department of Environmental Conversation and Department of Health have announced a commitment to install a filtration system in a Rensselaer County community with a water supply tainted with the chemical PFOA.

Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino is addressing several issues of concern tonight.

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Private wells in southwestern Vermont are being tested for a substance suspected of causing cancer.

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Law firm Weitz & Luxenberg and environmental activist Erin Brockovich are expanding their investigation into PFOA contamination to North Bennington, Vermont. 

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.

Famed environmental activist Erin Brockovich has been paying close attention to the village of Hoosick Falls. The presence of the chemical PFOA in the Rensselaer County community's water supply has grabbed national headlines and is now being investigated as part of a federal class-action lawsuit.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state will test an additional 80 to 100 private water wells in the North Bennington area after earlier tests found varying levels of a toxic chemical in five private wells in the community.

New York State officials are continuing to test public and private wells in the Rensselaer County community of Hoosick Falls as the village is beginning to flush contaminants from its water system.

Two local state lawmakers have announced legislation to assist residents affected by the water contamination issue surrounding Hoosick Falls, New York.

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The Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls, which has been grappling with a chemically-tainted water supply, can now begin flushing contaminated water lines after the installation of a temporary filtration system.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Hoosick Falls says it is working with local, state, and federal officials after the chemical PFOA was found in several wells in nearby North Bennington, Vermont.

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An environmental law firm has filed a class-action suit against two companies connected with the water contamination in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls. Meanwhile, neighboring communities are discovering the presence of the same chemical.

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North Bennington, Vermont is the latest city to find unsafe levels of a harmful chemical in water supplies.

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A temporary filtration system is now operating to address the water contamination in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls.

A Rensselaer County community is awaiting further testing to determine if a chemical found in its water supply poses a threat to health and safety.

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 STORY UPDATED: 2/24/16 4:33 p.m.

An environmental law firm has filed a class-action suit against two companies connected with the water contamination issue in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls.

Health officials say residents in an upstate New York town are being offered free bottled water "out of an abundance of caution" after traces of a toxic industrial chemical were detected in the town's water supply.

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New York State has begun planning for a possible alternate water supply for the Village of Hoosick Falls where residents have been instructed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to not drink or cook with contaminated drinking water.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Thursday identified Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International as parties responsible for the PFOA contamination in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls.

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Residents of Hoosick Falls have been dealing with undrinkable water and having their blood tested as of this week. Meantime, a temporary system is being installed to filter the chemical PFOA from the village water supply.

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As work continues in the Rensselaer County community of Hoosick Falls to ensure clean drinking water, another town on the other side of the county is grappling with its own contamination problem.

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating possible illegal dumping of commercial waste material in a town that's already the focus of a water contamination probe.

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