- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont legislative committee has permanently set the state’s safe drinking water standard for the chemicals PFOA and PFOS at 20 parts per trillion.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/2hEPw7k ) the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules set the safety standard on Thursday.

The state’s limit is below the EPA’s threshold of 70 parts per trillion. The radio station reports it is now one of the lowest drinking water standards in the country.

PFOA and PFOS are hazardous chemicals that were once used in manufacturing. PFOA has been found in private wells in Bennington and the municipal water supply in Pownal. A former Chemfab plant in North Bennington is the suspected site of the contamination.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alyssa Schuren says she hopes the standard gives Bennington County residents “a level of comfort.”

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

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