Norm Leblanc and Senatory Patrick Leahy during Senator Leahy's visit to North Bennington in March to discuss PFOA contamination in some area wells. Photo courtesy of Chris Wright.
PFOA community updates
Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA ) is a persistent, mobile, and toxic chemical. Once a major ingredient in Dupont's Teflon®, it was used in manufacturing at a plant in North Bennington until 2002. Recent testing has found PFOA in some area wells at levels above the Environmental Protection Agency's health advisory level. There is no PFOA in the water system serving most houses in the Village.
The State of Vermont is issuing regular updates on PFOA testing and studies in the North Bennington area, and is maintaining a map showing sampling results. The Vermont Health Department fact sheet on PFOA is here.
The engineering study for expanding the North Bennington water system was released on May 27. The study, which can downloaded here, estimates that, with adequate funding, the expansion could be completed in 2017, and all outlying properties with wells affected by PFOA could be connected to the expanded water system.
A class action lawsuit was filed in May in federal court against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, the successor to the manufacturer that used PFOA in North Bennington. The suit seeks damages on behalf of property owners in and around the village. A copy of the lawsuit is here.
Calendar of events at The Left Bank
An on-line calendar created by Amy Anselmo keeps tabs on all the community events at The Left Bank, the former Merchants Bank building. Click here for the calendar. For more information about The Left Bank click here.
Calendar of other local events
A wide ranging calendar of local events is available here, also courtesy of Amy Anselmo, with financial support from The Fund for North Bennington, Inc.