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Law Firm Expands Water Contamination Investigation Into North Bennington

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Lucas Willard
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WAMC
Saint-Gobain's facility on McCafferey Street in Hoosick Falls

STORY UPDATED 3/5/16:

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

In late February the firm announced a class-action suit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International, the companies blamed for contaminating public and private wells in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls. 

PFOA was detected at the former Chemfab plant, which was purchased by Saint-Gobain in 2000 and closed in 2002. 

In a recent interview about the situation in Hoosick Falls, Brockovich told WAMC she feared the PFOA issue would spread outside the region.

"So PFOA is playing itself out. I hope not, but I'm afraid it could be, across the entire country."

The investigation into North Bennington was announced Friday. The team is also investigating the PFOA contamination found in nearby Petersburgh, New York.

Meanwhile, Vermont officials began testing all private wells within 1.5 miles of the Chemfab plant for the chemical on Friday. The state says the municipal water supply is not affected.

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