- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The company that last owned the now-closed ChemFab plant in southwestern Vermont is providing bottled water for anyone affected by contaminated water that resulted from the facility.

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s said Wednesday that water samples from 48 homes within 1.5 miles from the former Chem Fab plant were taken Tuesday as part of an effort to sample 110 homes.

Tests to determine if the wells are contaminated with the chemical PFOA take two weeks. The chemical was once used to help make non-stick materials.

Vermont officials reported last week that PFOA was found in some water samples taken in North Bennington. Residents were told not to drink the water.

The ChemFab plant was taken over by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in 2000, which operated the plant until its 2002 closure.

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