PFOA Update: Bennington and North Bennington (6/27/2016)

PFOA Contamination Response: Community Updates

Week of 06/20/2016

Community Meeting on Wednesday, June 29th at 5:30 PM at Bennington College
State officials, local officials, and contracted engineers will host a public meeting to discuss preliminary engineering reports for municipal drinking water line extensions in North Bennington and Bennington. State officials will also provide updates on the blood clinics and water sampling results.  Residents of North Bennington and Bennington are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM, at Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) Symposium Room. DEC staff will be available starting at 4:30 to meet with residents individually to discuss their concerns.  Click here for the press advisory for the community meeting.
North Bennington & Bennington Update
Revised preliminary engineering study for Bennington — A revised preliminary engineering study for extending the Bennington drinking water distribution lines is available here. The preliminary engineering study for North Bennington is available here. The DEC is expecting to receive a revised study for North Bennington next week and will publish it as soon as it is received.

Sampling efforts and point-of-entry treatment system results —  Since June 1, the DEC has received sampling results from 38 more private wells. A list of the results is available here, as well as an updated map here. This map shows an expanded area of interest to the east and southeast.  A total of 213 point-of-entry-treatment (POET) systems have been installed to date on impacted homes in the area. Twenty-one more are scheduled for installation.

Reminder! Sign-up for well testing online — Residences with private wells within the expanded area of interest east and southeast of the landfill, including those on Chapel Road, Furnace Brook Road, Reed Drive and Bradley Drive are encouraged to sign-up online to schedule drinking water sampling. Also, any residence located within the area of interest in Bennington or North Bennington that has not yet had a private well sample collected should also sign-up.  This includes those residences on Harwood Hill Road south of the Shaftsbury Town Line Road, Settlers Road, Spring Hill Road, Town Line Road, Rocky Lane, and East Road.

Site investigation at Chemfab facility — Site investigators finished drilling last week at the former Chemfab facility on 1030 Water Street to establish on-site monitoring wells. They will begin sampling next week.

Pownal Update
Water filtration units delivered — Four Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) units have been installed at the site in Pownal.  Over the next week, Unicorn Consulting will assemble the treatment system components, disinfect and flush the filters, and test the water quality processing system.

Well sampling in North Pownal to continue —  DEC would like to sample private drinking water wells located south of Cedar Hill Road, and north of North Pownal Road, Deer Hill Road, and Murphy Lane.  DEC is sending letters  to property ownwers in these areas to let them know they are elibile to have their drinking water tested at no cost.  If you live in this area and have not had your well sampled, please sign-up online to arrange a sample date or call Trish Coppolino at (802) 249-5822.

For general PFOA questions and concerns:
Call 2-1-1.
Visit: Vermont DEC PFOA Response Page

For questions about potential health effects of PFOA:
Call the Vermont Department of Health toll-free at 800-439-8550.
Visit: Vermont Department Health PFOA Page

You may also reply to this e-mail with general questions.