- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s Bennington College recently announced a new course and original research into water pollution involving a chemical known as PFOA, which has turned up in wells near the campus. Now the National Science Foundation has awarded the college a nearly $90,000 grant to help with the work.

Manufacturing plants in North Bennington and nearby Hoosic Falls, New York, are thought to be the source of the suspected carcinogen. But Janet Foley, who is on the chemistry faculty at the college, says PFOA is a relatively new pollutant and there is a lot of confusion about it.

Foley says topics of study will include whether PFOA in the soil can get into garden vegetables, or maple trees from which sap is harvested.

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