Press Release: North Bennington Wells Test Positive for PFOA: No. Benn Municipal System Clean

February 25, 2016

Local Wells Test Positive for PFOA
Update #1

BENNINGTON, VERMONT (February 25, 2016 @ 5:50PM EST) – In a recent press release by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, he indicating that the chemical known as PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic) was found in some isolated locations in North Bennington and Bennington, Vermont. Communities that border New York, and which are within miles of Hoosick Fall, NY, where the recent discovery of PFOA in the Town’s drinking water has been linked to a local manufacturer.

Earlier this month the State of Vermont performed tests on a number of area wells near the former location of the ChemFab manufacturing facility on Water Street in North Bennington. These tests also included the municipal water system of North Bennington. Of the wells tested, only five came back positive for PFOA, one of which was a non-drinking well located at the Town of Bennington’s wastewater treatment facility on Harrington Road. The municipal system showed negative results for the chemical.

In response to this news, the State of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled two community meetings to be held at the North Bennington Fire Station located on Prospect Street, in North Bennington. The first meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 26th at 4PM and the second for Monday, February 29th at 6PM. Representatives from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will be onsite to answer any questions from the public.

Further testing is expected to occur in the coming weeks to ensure the full scope of the situation is understood.

Again, residents who draw water from the North Bennington municipal system should be assured that their water is clean and drinkable.