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nother 37 wells in Bennington have tested positive for the carcinogen perfluorooctanoic acid, state officials said Tuesday. The Department of Environmental Conservation tested the wells after monitoring wells near the Bennington Landfill revealed the chemical in groundwater at concentrations exceeding the state limit of 20 parts per trillion. Residents south of the Bennington Landfill who […]
Editor’s note: This article is by Chris Mays, of the Brattleboro Reformer, www.reformer.com, in which it was first published May 2, 2016. ILMINGTON — While waiting on another hearing date to be set up, the Hermitage Club responded to concerns about its master plan from the Windham Regional Commission. The Hermitage Club operates a private […]
Karenna Gore, daughter of the former vice president, spoke in Bennington at an All Species Day event and a fundraising event at Southern Vermont College.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics claims that no science supports the Vermont toxicologist’s maximum recommended exposure limit for the chemical, which has been found in water in southwestern Vermont communities.
The Vermont House approved a resolution this week urging Congress to pass tougher laws regulating toxic chemicals in the United States. The resolution urges Congress to strengthen the law under which the Environmental Protection Agency regulates toxic chemicals, called the Toxic Substances Control Act. Congress is considering two pieces of legislation to revise and possibly […]
The state says it will cost $10 million or more to bring municipal service to residents with wells tainted by the industrial toxicant.
The toxicant has been found in sediment beneath several water bodies in the area, however, at concentrations far exceeding the state’s advisory limit.
Louis Porter, commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, says the bill is “tailored” to protect critical habitat during nesting seasons.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Entergy needs proof of the water’s reportedly low levels of contamination before approving a new disposal site in Idaho.
Officials say Chemfab, the company whose former plant is believed to be one source of the contamination, could have legally disposed of the chemical at the landfill, since PFOA has not been regulated by the EPA.
Representatives of many of the 11 facilities the state has committed to testing for PFOA say they don’t use the chemical and haven’t in the past. Others say they’ve used it but contained it.
The state says samples from eight out of 10 streams and ponds in the Bennington area came back positive for the chemical, including a pond at Bennington College, but levels aren’t thought to pose a threat to human health.
A so-called citizen suit would be allowed if the natural resources secretary failed to protect groundwater from statutory violations that endanger public health or the environment.
A resolution in the Vermont House would ask Congress to make sure states can regulate toxins themselves. Manufacturers say that’s unnecessary and would just make products more expensive.