- Associated Press - Monday, August 29, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A judge in Montpelier has tossed a lawsuit challenging Vermont’s interim safety standard for the potentially cancer-causing chemical PFOA.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/2bDjw19 ) the judge dismissed the lawsuit last week saying the interim limit was nullified when the state later adopted an emergency rule for regulating PFOA in water.

The manufacturing company Saint-Gobain had said the state didn’t have scientific data to support the drinking water standard, which is lower than those set by federal environmental regulators.

The judge says the state was allowed to adopt the standard because there wasn’t one when the chemical was first detected earlier this year.

PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, has been linked to health issues such as liver and testicular cancer. It has been detected in more than 250 private wells around Bennington.


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

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