Water Quality

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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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Gov. Peter Shumlin and top state environmental and health officials visited North Bennington Tuesday to visit with residents and property owners affected by the discovery of a potentially dangerous chemical in private wells in the community.

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Vermont officials have been testing over a hundred wells in North Bennington and Bennington for the potentially hazardous chemical PFOA - after the substance was found in private wells near a former factory that used the chemical. We're looking at the latest on the contamination, the state's response, and the plan going forward.

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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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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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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 state is ramping up its efforts to protect North Bennington residents from potential widespread hazardous chemical exposure.

State officials say tests have revealed abnormally high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical in a number of water supplies in the town of North Bennington.

When Vermont’s large farms file their permits on Feb. 15 they’ll be required to pay a fee for the first time.

Residents have been told by the Environmental Protection Agency that their water is unsafe to drink. People are outraged, are asking tough questions of local officials, and wondering how things got to this point. The story has drawn the attention of a high-profile environmental public advocate and celebrity.

And we're not talking about Flint, Michigan.

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When rain mixed with snowmelt last week in Rutland, the resulting flows overloaded the city's storm water and sewer system. More than 100,000 gallons of untreated storm water and sewage poured into local creeks. State and local officials are trying to stop overflows like this, but there are few simple solutions.

Young lake trout weren't surviving their first winter in Lake Champlain for decades, but in recent years scientists have noticed a change: baby trout are now surviving in the lake.
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The Lake Champlain Basin Program plans to start monitoring fish in the lake for mercury as well as toxins produced by cyanobacteria – commonly known as blue-green algae.

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The city of Winooski was vacuuming sewage out of a grease-clogged sewer line over the weekend after city workers noticed that catch basins in the city’s stormwater system were emitting “sewage-like odors.”

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As public officials and local communities prepare to roll out the state's new water quality policies, a group of programmers and educators is working to grow public interest and understanding of what data from the lake can tell us.

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Under the new Vermont Clean Water Law, cities and towns will be required to apply for a permit to verify that paved and unpaved roads are maintained to prevent stormwater runoff.

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As many Vermonters know all too well, catastrophic floods have become increasingly frequent in the state. In many cases, they devastate homes, roads and farms.

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On this final day of 2015 we're taking a look back at some of the year's most significant news stories, some of which will no doubt influence events in 2016.

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In addition to making milk, Vermont’s dairy cows create a lot of manure. And what to do with that waste can sometimes be a challenge.

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Cleaning up Vermont’s polluted waterways is going to be an expensive undertaking, and earlier this year, lawmakers approved a new tax to begin paying for it. But the revenue plan isn’t generating as much money as officials had anticipated.

Lawmakers and administration officials heralded the Clean Water Fund as an important first step in generating the financial capacity needed to fund pollution-reduction efforts.