- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen will be on hand at the first blood draw clinic for Bennington residents who have been exposed to the chemical PFOA in their drinking water.

The Health Department is teaming up with the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to offer blood tests. The first clinic is set for Friday at the Health Department’s Bennington regional office.

More than 100 private water wells in the area around the former Chemfab plant in North Bennington have been found with PFOA levels as high as nearly 3,000 parts per trillion. Vermont has set an advisory level for PFOA of 20 parts per trillion for drinking water.

The blood tests will measure the level of PFOA in an individual’s blood. It will be several months before the results are known.

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