- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - In a story March 4 about contamination of private wells in southwestern Vermont, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the chemicals were known to come from a closed plant nearby. The commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation says the source of the contamination has not been determined.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Water contamination tests underway for private Vermont wells

NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Private wells in southwestern Vermont are being tested for a substance suspected of causing cancer.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1nlbTQz ) that state officials are testing every private well within a 1.5 mile radius of the former ChemFab plant in North Bennington.

Vermont officials have said Perfluorooctanoic acid was found in some of the village’s water samples. The chemical was once used to help make non-stick materials.

Well tests are expected to take two weeks. Though the village’s municipal water supply is safe to drink, those with a well near the plant shouldn’t drink their water until the results come back.

The company that last owned the now-closed plant is providing bottled water to those affected by contaminated water.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alyssa Schuren says the source of the contamination has not been determined.

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