By Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s governor has signed a bill into law aimed at forcing a company to pay for the costs of water contamination near its former factory in southern Vermont.

The legislation signed on Friday requires those who release perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, into the air, groundwater, surface water or soil to be liable for the costs of clean up and extending water supply lines from a public water system to impacted properties.

The chemical that has been linked to cancer and other illnesses was found in private wells in Bennington and North Bennington around a former factory now owned by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics.

WCAX-TV reports ( ) that the state and company have been working on negotiating a settlement.

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