- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials say preliminary testing results show no evidence of the chemical perflurooctanoic acid in wells near two former wire-coating facilities in Essex and Winooski.

Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday that private wells located at homes near the former Belden Wire & Cable Company in Essex and the former Super-Temp Wire and Cable Company in Winooski were clear of the potentially harmful chemical.

State officials say an Environmental Protection Agency contractor took five samples from wells near the two sites.

The state began testing water close to locations where PFOA may have been used after wells in North Bennington and Pownal’s municipal water supply tested positive for the chemical.

Four sites have now tested negative for the carcinogen. Eleven other locations have been identified as areas of possible contamination.

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