This week, VTDigger and the Bennington Banner published a five-part series called Teflon Town, examining the toxic legacy of a North Bennington manufacturer that state officials have blamed for contaminating the surrounding area with dangerous levels of the chemical PFOA.
Two of VTDigger’s reporters have been working on this story for over a year. On this week’s podcast, they talk about how they put it together.
First, reporter Jim Therrien, whose work appears in both VTDigger and the Banner, discusses using the newspaper’s archives to research the history of the once-popular ChemFab company. Then, VTDigger’s environmental reporter Mike Polhamus delves into the cache of public records that revealed a lack of state regulatory oversight throughout the decades ChemFab was polluting. Plus, North Bennington residents describe how living with PFOA has affected their lives, families, and properties.