People in Bennington and North Bennington affected by PFOA contamination of drinking water, who want to attend one of the two remaining blood draw clinics currently scheduled, must register by Tuesday, May 31. The clinics are being conducted with support from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. There is no cost to participants for the either the blood draw or laboratory analysis.
The blood tests will measure the level of PFOA in an individual's blood, and this can be compared to levels measured by CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for adults and older children in the U.S. Most adults have low levels of PFOA in their blood.
- Blood draw clinics for eligible people are by appointment only. The clinics will be held at the Health Department district office in Bennington on June 24 and June 28.
- A person is eligible for the blood test if:
- The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation tested the well of the home in North Bennington/Bennington where you live now, or where you lived any time in the past eight years. - and/or -
- You worked or lived at the former Chemfab/Saint-Gobain site at 940/1030 Water Street in North Bennington, or you work or live there now.
The Health Department will contact eligible participants to schedule appointments. Before having blood drawn at the scheduled appointment, a health and exposure questionnaire must be completed for each participant regarding water consumption patterns, diet and exercise, work history, and health history.
Reporting Results - After the clinics are completed, it will be several months for the results to be analyzed and reported back to individuals.