- Associated Press - Sunday, August 12, 2018

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department says people in Bennington and North Bennington who may have been affected by the chemical contamination of their drinking water have until Aug. 17 to register for testing.

The registration has been extended for people who would like to have their blood tested for the presence of the chemical PFOA.

The Health Department extended the deadline to give people more time to sign up.

In 2016, private drinking water wells in the area around a former industrial facility detected the presence of the chemical, in some cases well above the state’s health advisory for the chemical.

A blood test can measure the level of PFOA in an individual’s blood, but it cannot tell if a person’s exposure to PFOA will cause health problems.

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