Water Quality

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The state now says it will pay for the engineering plans to extend municipal waterlines to homes in Bennington contaminated with PFOA.

Environmental Working Group

The carcinogen often referred to as the "Erin Brockovich chemical" is present in about two-thirds of the drinking water across the country, according to water testing data from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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A state geologist is gathering data to help build a 3-D map of the ground underneath Bennington to try understand how the chemical PFOA may be moving through groundwater.

Rutland is one of more than a dozen Vermont municipalities with a combined sewer system. When the city's water treatment system is overloaded, untreated sewage and runoff flows out of this pipe into a local creek.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Heavy rain Saturday night led to three sewage overflows in Rutland and one in Burlington in the early hours of Sunday morning.

In the last couple years, millions of people across the country have learned their drinking water contains high levels of the contaminants known as perfluorichemicals. These are used to make nonstick things like Teflon and pizza boxes.  And for those with illnesses that are linked to the contaminant, that knowledge can be helpful -- and frustrating.

Marcin Szczepanski

A Windham County research institute will get $830,000, as part of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue to explore ways to turn human urine into fertilizer.

Rebecca Sananes / VPR

A contamination running off a former burial plot for a Dartmouth research facility's hazardous waste has reached a local stream.

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing an infrastructure project that will award new water and wastewater funding to communities across the state.

A Washington Superior Court Judge has thrown out a law suit that challenged the state's interim safety standard for the chemical PFOA.

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Despite having declared the site clean four years ago, Dartmouth College is re-excavating a burial plot of hazardous waste. A group of local residents is pressuring the college to do a more comprehensive cleanup. 

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The City of Montpelier has been in the news in recent weeks after sewage overflowed out of the city’s system and into the Winooski River, but state records show sewage overflows are not news to city officials. In recent years, the city’s sewage system has overflowed regularly and the city simply wasn’t reporting the overflows to the public like other cities do.

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A Dartmouth hazardous waste burial site has contaminated the ground water near a Hanover neighborhood. Those chemicals are now on the move, and at least one family’s drinking water has been affected. 

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Vermont enacted a new law this year designed to keep people safe from potential health hazards in the water, but the law isn't working as intended. And some experts say it's ultimately up to Vermonters to protect themselves from lake toxins.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

A new study from Harvard University found that more than six million Americans have industrial chemicals linked to PFOA in their water.

Kathleen Masterson / VPR File

A federal official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a policy change in Vermont means the agency won’t be able to use chemicals to kill parasitic sea lamprey in Lake Champlain for at least two years.

Cumberland, Rhode Island popped up on a list of cities and towns that have unsafe levels of the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. It’s used to make Teflon. It turns out those levels have dropped significantly in the town over the past year.

Ric Cengeri / VPR

Bill Lee, or the "Spaceman," as he is still affectionately known from his days as a Major League Baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos, is a resident of Craftsbury, and is running for Governor of Vermont in 2016 on the Liberty Union ticket.

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People in Bennington County have been learning how to live with PFOA in their water. Now they're learning how to live knowing it's in their bodies.

Beth Miller

The end of August will mark the fifth anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. Some Rutland County communities are observing the occasion with a series of events focusing on flood resiliency.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

As the Village of Swanton makes plans to renovate a historic dam in the center of town, village officials say outside forces - from state regulators to environmental activists - are spending more time pointing out problems than looking for solutions.

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