- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A hazardous waste site in Bennington is being added the Environmental Protection Agency’s national priorities lists of Superfund cleanup sites.

The former Jard Company is known to be contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which are suspected of causing cancer.

The EPA says PCBs were released into the former manufacturing building and soils on the property, contaminating groundwater.

Superfund investigates and cleans up the nation’s most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites.

The EPA has already removed some contaminated soil but says investigations in 2013 found that groundwater was contaminated with PCBs and the pollution was potentially moving west.

EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding said Wednesday that the agency will continue to develop a comprehensive study of the contamination and make sure community members are involved in cleanup decisions.

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