One year since PFOA contamination found in VT


BENNINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) –  It’s been one year since a local woman alerted Vermont state officials to the old Chemfab site in North Bennington.

“One of my neighbors sent me an email saying oh by the way when you get home do not drink the water out of your tap,” Reg Jones, of Bennington, said.

That’s how Jones found out one year ago that his well water was contaminated with the toxic chemical PFOA.

Since then the Vermont DEC says 270 carbon filtration systems have been installed at homes with contaminated wells.

Jones says he has a filter but still can’t drink his water just yet.

“They’ve taken the third test but I haven’t gotten the results back so I’m not even allowed if you want to use that word to drink the water,” Jones said.

Like some residents NEWS10 ABC Lindsay Nielsen spoke to, Jones says he’s hesitant to drink the filtered water.

“There’s that nagging in the back of your head is it really really safe to drink?”

Vermont DEC is currently working on a plan to extend municipal water lines to impacted homes, as the municipal water is not contaminated.

The DEC says they are trying to reach an agreement with Saint Gobain to fund the project.

Jones believes litigation between the two is getting in the way.

“You just hope that ultimately the two sides can work something out that we can come up with an extension of the water lines and we can get pure water for our homes.”

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