- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont governor’s office says a new law means the state’s drinking water is better protected from contamination by the chemical known as PFOA.

On Friday, Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law that holds individuals and businesses liable for the release of PFOA in or near drinking water sources. The law creates penalties when PFOA is detected in areas that could harm the drinking water of municipalities within Vermont.

Democratic State Sen. Dick Sears, who co-sponsored the legislation, says the 2016 discovery of PFOA contamination in North Bennington near the site of an industrial facility that once used the chemical “hit us like a ton of bricks.”

Scott says the legislation is an important step forward to protect those in Bennington County affected by PFOA contamination.

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