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Design begins for systems to replace polluted Vermont wells

Posted November 22

— Vermont state officials say initial design work has begun to extend municipal water lines to homes in Bennington and North Bennington, where private wells have been tainted by a potentially cancer-causing chemical.

Meanwhile, residents have been using point-of-entry filters to remove the chemical known as PFOA from their water.

The costs associated with the first phase of final design are estimated at $444,000 and will be paid for by the state.

Vermont is negotiating to recoup the costs with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, the company that used the chemical at a now-closed plant in North Bennington.

PFOA is a possible carcinogen and endocrine disrupter. The chemical has been found above the Vermont health advisory level of 20 parts per trillion in private wells at 271 properties in North Bennington and Bennington.

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