April 16, 2018
Bennington & North Bennington
State Continues to Review Conceptual Site Model for the East Side
The State has significant concerns with respect to the Investigation and Conceptual Site Model (CSM) report provided by Saint-Gobain on March 15, 2018. The State is conducting a comprehensive analysis of the work performed by Saint-Gobain to ensure that the final site investigation contains an accurately portrays the source of PFOA contamination on the East Site and ensures that the parties that polluted are held responsible.
Water Line Work on the West Side Starts Up Again
Water line work on the West Side of the site in Bennington and North Bennington has started up again for spring. You'll see construction activity on Murphy Road, Austin Hill, North Bennington Road, Bard Road, Red Pine Road, Walloomsac and Gypsy Lane. There will be minor work on Fairview, Vail, and Jennings’s drive.
November 1, 2018,
water main work is expected to be complete for the Town of Bennington and all impacted residences will be connected to municipal water.
Water line work started today for the Village of North Bennington’s public drinking water improvements project. In the coming weeks, you’ll see construction activity on Park Street, Matteson Road, Hillside, Riverside Drive, Harrington, River Road, Murphy Road, Ore Bed, Royal Street, Susan Taylor Lane, Matt Drive, Overlay, Hillside and Park Streets.
August 1, 2018
, water main work is expected to be complete for the North Bennington planned improvements project, with all impacted residences being connected to municipal water.
Drinking water wells with PFOA levels under 20 ppt to be resampled
As part of the Agency of Natural Resources' effort to ensure protection of public health and to track long term PFOA contaminant levels in resident’s wells and groundwater, the Agency will begin sampling wells in the Area of Concern that have PFOA levels below 20 ppt before the end of the month.
Representatives of Saint Gobain or the State will be contacting individual home owners about getting into your homes and taking these water samples. Sampling results should be received by the State and sent to individual home owners within 4-6 weeks from the sample date.
Sampling of POETs to Continue
POET (point-of-entry treatment system) sampling will continue following the schedule that's outlined in the Barr Engineering Corrective Action Plan, Corrective Action Area 1 – Operable Unit B, North Bennington and Bennington, POET O&M Manual.
The sampling frequency will continue on all POETs until they meet the performance standard in the
The performance standard involves 8
consecutive quarterly sampling rounds with a PFOA concentration below 20 ppt along with a statistical trend of the sampling results over time showing concentrations either stable or declining.
For the homes on the west side that are being connected to municipal water, the POETs will be removed by CT Male and Culligan once municipal water is turned on to the home. Once this happens, sampling of these POET systems, and the wells, will cease. Sampling results will be sent to home owners 4-6 weeks after sampling.
State Plans to Hold Public Meeting in Bennington in Early May
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will have a public meeting in Bennington during the first or second week in May to present the most current information on the PFOA work in Bennington.
General topics will include the progress and future schedule of water line installation, the Agency’s current understanding of the site, highlights of the Barr Engineering report, and other topics. Bennington College will also present current findings of their research. The agenda, date and time, and location will follow in a future email once these details have been finalized.