- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says maple syrup produced in an area where the chemical PFOA has been found in some private drinking water wells showed no contamination with the potentially cancer-causing chemical.

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s office says Environmental Conservation has been working with the Agency of Agriculture to determine if PFOA contamination in the area extended to soils and agricultural products.

Soil test results are expected soon. The state says the “non-detect” in maple syrup samples “is a welcome early sign.”

The state also tested a number of private wells in Pownal after a public water system was found to have PFOA just above the state’s 20 parts per trillion advisory level.

Four of 63 wells had levels just above the advisory level.

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