Bennington lawmakers are among those seeking an expansion of the program meant to spur development through public infrastructure spending.
The suit says Corrections Corporation of America, which housed Vermont prisoners in Kentucky, failed to provide a safe environment. The plaintiff was hurt by a saw.
Justices cited errors made in a 2013 jury trial. Under an agreement, Lamar Scales, who was accused of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, could be released without supervision.
The case has been sent back to Superior Court, where he will get a chance at a reduction in his $100,000 bail. He wants to live at a Rutland homeless shelter.
A House member said the bill has wide support in that chamber and is likely to pass soon. It requires payment from companies found to have released the chemical.
Voters will be asked to approve the Act 46 merger involving as many as nine towns and fill its first board.
Rusty Brooks contends that there were errors or omissions during his three-day jury trial in 2011 that may have affected the outcome.
The company has issued summonses to residents in Bennington County who commented on proposed PFOA regulation.
Attorneys on both sides are preparing for a trial in October 2018. Efforts toward a possible mediated settlement also will be ongoing.
A settlement has been reached regarding a stair tower and elevator connecting one of the downtown buildings to a neighboring structure. And environmental issues at the site are said to be limited.
State officials have said identifying, testing and approving a new well for a public water system usually takes a year to 18 months. The current well is contaminated with PFOA.
The conservation group says it found a site at the edge of its newly expanded North Pownal natural area that is suitable for a Habitat for Humanity home.
On a visit to Bennington, committee members were told of the financial and emotional fallout of dealing with contaminated water. “My home is not sellable. It has zero value,” one man said.