- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The company that owns a closed chemical plant in North Bennington is challenging Vermont’s standard for the chemical PFOA.

Saint-Gobain filed a complaint in Washington Superior Court last week on the state’s interim ground water standard that set a level of 20 parts per trillion. Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1MHPlWm) Saint-Gobain also filed another appeal in Vermont’s Environmental Court questioning the science behind the state’s safe drinking level.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alyssa Schuren says the state used the most recent studies available.

Saint-Gobain is paying for drinking water sampling of private wells in the Bennington and North Bennington area to see if they’re contaminated with PFOA.

Meanwhile, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Tuesday a company called APU has agreed to cover costs related to PFOA contamination at the former Warren Wire manufacturing plant in Pownal.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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