- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says the first soil tests from North Bennington show very low levels of a potentially cancer-causing chemical that has been found in some drinking water.

More than 100 private water wells around the former Chemfab plant in North Bennington have been found with levels of perfluorooctanoic acid as high as nearly 3,000 parts per trillion. Vermont has set an advisory level of 20 parts per trillion of PFOA in drinking water. The state’s safety standard for soil is 300 parts per trillion.

A DEC spokeswoman tells Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1s7Kowr ) that the soil results are well below the safety standard set by the Department of Health.

The state says the results will be posted on the DEC website starting Monday.

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