Southern Vermont

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Three Vermont law firms, along with a North Carolina environmental law team, have reached an agreement to work together to represent some of the residents in North Bennington who are dealing with PFOA contamination in their water.

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The Texas-based company Kinder Morgan says it won't build a natural gas pipeline that was supposed to run within seven miles of Vernon.

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A commercial wind project has divided the town of Grafton. And at a select board meeting Monday, the two sides couldn't even agree if an attorney should be hired to negotiate on the town's behalf.

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As the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant continues to decommission, so too does the process of notifying nearby communities in case of an emergency. The long-standing emergency planning zone will shrink starting Tuesday, April 19.

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The state will test another 150 private wells around Bennington for the chemical PFOA.

Gov. Shumlin announced late Thursday that some well samples collected last week show that the suspected carcinogen has contaminated additional private wells beyond the original testing area.

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It's been more than four and a half years since Tropical Storm Irene, and across Vermont, there are still more than two dozen infrastructure projects that haven't been completed.

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Officials from an international energy company say new environmental and sound studies support their plan to build what would be Vermont's largest commercial wind project.

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A proposal to expand an exclusive private ski resort in southern Vermont got a big boost last week.

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The recent discovery of the suspected carcinogen PFOA in a public water supply in Pownal could end up costing the state a lot of money.

Bennington County Towns Look To Improve Local Economy

Mar 18, 2016
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In Bennington County, concerns are growing about a regional economy that’s only slowly rebounding from the Great Recession.

State officials released new test results Tuesday that show more widespread chemical contamination in private wells in North Bennington.

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Bennington College has been awarded an $89,810 National Science Foundation Rapid Response grant to offer a new course and conduct original research on PFOA contamination in Hoosick Falls, New York and North Bennington, Vermont.

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People who lived near the Chemfab plant in North Bennington complained for years that the emissions were making them sick. There were 32 citizen complaints between 1974 and 2000, according to documents obtained by VPR.

The Department of Environmental Conservation also brought two enforcement actions against the company in the mid 1970s.

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Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich and the law firm Weitz & Luxenberg announced Friday they are expanding their investigation into well water contamination to include North Bennington.

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Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark now says he wants to build an $18 million detention center in north Rockingham.

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State officials are testing private wells in North Bennington for PFOA, a suspected carcinogen. And the only way to find those wells to test is by going door-to-door.

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The Windham County Sheriff says he will not consider the former Liberty Mill in Bellows Falls as the site of a proposed 150-bed detention center.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Monday that the state will be testing between 80 and 100 private wells as it tries to determine just how far a potentially harmful chemical has spread in North Bennnington.

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The southern Vermont community of Vernon will hold a non-binding Town Meeting Day vote on a proposed natural gas power plant, and an organic dairy farm is the main location under consideration.

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A Vernon organic dairy farmer says he's been approached by developers who want to build a natural gas power plant outside the shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.