MONTPELIER – March 3, 2016 – (RealEstateRama) — Gov. Peter Shumlin provided the following update on the situation in North Bennington where a number of private wells have tested positive for varying levels of a potentially harmful chemical called PFOA. The public water supply is not impacted.
Water Tanks Moved. Water tanks have been moved to the intersection of River Road & Route 67 (Water Street). The tanks had to be moved to prevent them from freezing. Bottled water remains available for pickup at the North Bennington Variety (“Village Variety”) located at 9 Route 67 West.
Water Sampling Continues. The first day of water sampling was a success. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) representatives sampled 48 wells. Door-to-door collection will continue until samples are collected from all homes in a 1.5 mile radius around the former Chem Fab facility in North Bennington. It is now expected that samples will be taken from approximately 110 homes. Once collected, the samples will take approximately two weeks to test.
Emergency Operations Center. The Emergency Operations Center remains open at 324 Main Street in Bennington. There, residents can find information, request that their well be tested, and ask questions.