- Associated Press - Friday, July 20, 2018

RICHFORD, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials say a chemical found to cause cancer has been detected in elevated levels in a Franklin County town’s water supply.

Richford town officials released a public notice Thursday telling residents that tests found elevated levels of haloacetic acids at the end of June. WCAX-TV reports the acids are a byproduct of chlorination disinfection and can cause an increase in the risk of cancer if consumed over a long period.

Officials say it’s not an emergency and residents do not need to boil their water.

State officials have planned a public meeting on the issue for Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Richford town hall.

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This story has been corrected to show that the tainted water was detected in the town of Richford, not the entire county.

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