State Update: Expanded Water Testing for Bennington and North Bennington (4/7/16)

Vermont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2016

Gov. Shumlin Releases Testing Results for North Bennington

MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin provided the following update on results from an additional 50 private well samples collected last week in North Bennington.

Twenty-two samples showed non-detect results, and 19 samples showed concentrations of PFOA over the Vermont Health Department advisory limit of 20 parts per trillion (ppt), ranging from 22ppt to 471ppt. The remaining nine results were below 20ppt. Five monitoring wells surrounding Bennington Landfill were also tested and showed PFOA levels ranging from 18ppt to 140ppt.

Given these results, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will expand testing to 150 private drinking wells in two areas as it works to determine the extent of the contamination. Next week, samples will be collected around the Bennington Landfill and south to Rt. 9 between the airport and Old Bennington. DEC will also conduct a series of “spot checks” outside of the testing area on Corey Lane, Whipstock Rd, Airport Rd, along 7A, and in the Shaftsbury area near Cold Spring Road.

DEC is reaching out to Vermonters in the expanded sampling areas. Those residents can sign up for testing at: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/PFOA.htm. Residents who wish to use bottled water while testing results are pending can pick it up at the North Bennington Variety Store located at 49 Route 67 West, North Bennington.

A community meeting will be held in Bennington on April 18th at 6pm at Bennington College’s Greenwall Auditorium in the Visual & Performing Arts Center. Residents can call 2-1-1 with questions.

To date, 232 total water supplies have been sampled in North Bennington, with 126 having PFOA above 20ppt and 86 not showing any PFOA.

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