- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is in North Bennington where he is hearing the concerns of residents after a number of private water wells were found to be contaminated with a chemical used to help make non-stick surfaces.

On Tuesday, Shumlin updated residents about the state’s response after tests of five private water wells were found to be contaminated with the chemical PFOA.

Since those first tests were done, water samples have been collected from more than 135 locations within a mile-and-a-half of a long-closed plant that used to manufacture products using PFOA, although state officials say they do not yet know the source of the contamination.

The company that last owned the now-closed plant is providing bottled water to those who need it.

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