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Gov. Shumlin Provides New Results on Statewide Testing of Perfluorocarbons
MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin provided an update today on perfluorocarbon testing results from water samples collected at three locations: Harbour Industries in Shelburne,the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington, and the Pittsford Fire Academy. The three locations are part of a Statewide sampling plan to investigate sites where perflurocarbons, like PFOA and PFOS, may have been used.
No drinking water supplies have been impacted by PFOA or PFOS contamination at any of the three sites. The limited wells located near these sites are either inactive or have been tested previously and were not found to contain perfluorocarbons.
Discussions this week on preliminary engineering studies --VTDEC employees met this week with engineers from the Village of North Bennington, the Town of Bennington, and Saint-Gobain to discuss the Preliminary Engineering Reports from both water systems, and to continue dialogue concerning the extension of these water systems to as many contaminated water supplies as possible. Discussion included possible improvements to the North Bennington system and funding opportunities to pay for this work. State comments on these two reports were also discussed.
The reports will be updated and finalized by June 20. Once this is done, the VTDEC will make a request to Saint-Gobain to fund the Final Engineering Design work to design the system and present hook-up details for each impacted resident. This information will be presented to the public in a soon to be announced public meeting.
Status update on sampling efforts and point-of-entry treatment system results -- The DEC continued sample collection this week with an additional 23 private wells sampled. Combined with the additional 25 samples collected last week, the DEC has 48 samples pending results.
A total of 168 point-of-entry-treatment (POET) systems have been installed to date on impacted homes in the area. This represents more than half of the currently known 227 private residences that have water containing PFOA over the 20 parts per trillion Vermont health advisory limit. Thirteen installations are scheduled.
Reminder! Sign-up for well testing online -- Residences with private wells on Harwood Hill Road, Settlers Road, Springhill Road, Town Line Road, and East Road are encouraged to sign-up online to schedule drinking water sample collection next week. Any residence located within the area of of interest that has not yet had a private well sample collected should also sign-up.
Site investigation at Chemfab facility -- Site investigators will begin drilling next week at the former Chemfab facility on 1030 Water Street to establish on-site monitoring wells.
! Reminder: Community Meeting Monday, June 13th -- A public meeting will be held on Monday, June 13th at 6:00pm at the Pownal Elementary School to discuss updates and address questions on the PFOA response effort in Pownal. Please join us and alert your neighbors who may be interested in attending.
Well sampling in North Pownal to continue -- DEC is attempting to sample private drinking water wells located south of Cedar Hill Road, and north of North Pownal Road, Deer Hill Road, and Murphy Lane. Letters will be sent to homes in these areas to alert homeowners that they are eligible to have their water supply tested by DEC at no cost. If you live in this area and have not had your well sampled,
please sign-up online to arrange a sample date or call Trish Coppolino at (802) 249-5822.