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EPA suppressing PFOA/PFOS study

BENNINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) - New alarming details in the PFOA saga, one of the people responsible for researching the contaminated water is now accused of intentionally concealing information that could have helped.

Residents have dealt with this crisis, they've been hoping to shed light on what can be done to help. On Wednesday, they're left with even more questions.

Bruce says it's simple. In fact, it is a basic human right.

"We deserve safe water."

The Bennington resident has only lived in the area for a short time. He was drawn here because of the area's quiet community; he never thought he'd have to deal with something like this.

"I should also have healthy water. I want healthy water."

Now comes news that is sending shock waves around the community.

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is testifying before Congress this week.  There are new accusations suggest that under his watch the agency tried to conceal a public health study that done on PFOA. Studies that could have helped people like ware.

"It's disgusting."

"We have to trust the government or the government is not worth paying your taxes to."

Ware lives here with his wife. His young grand-daughter visits frequently. He's thinking about them.

Now a for sale sign sits outside of his home.

"Is she going to drink this water? Is she going to be exposed to it?"

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D) also taking issue. He says the accusations are, "incomprehensible", and that an agency that works to protect resident's health would "turn their back on them".

"I think it's been very dangerous for people."

Joanne Harrington has lived in Bennington for more than 50 years and raised five kids here. She says if true, this would one of the worst acts of betrayal she's ever seen.

"I don't think it's fair. They should have been honest about it."


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