State will test Pownal wells for PFOA

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POWNAL >> State environmental officials will test private wells within one mile of a Route 346 site for the potentially harmful chemical PFOA, according to an announcement from Gov. Peter Shumlin's office on Friday.

While bottled water and filling stations will be available for Pownal residents, it was unclear on Friday when the state will start well testing. A spokesman for the governor's office said more details will be shared at a community meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Pownal American Legion Post 90, 5970 Route 7.

The state tested water from the Pownal Fire District No. 2 over concerns of past activities at the former Warren Wire factory at 1001 Route 346. Results announced on Thursday showed PFOA levels slightly above what the state deems acceptable.

Those on the municipal water system are being told not to drink or cook with their tap water. Bottled water can be picked up at the Pownal Rescue Squad building at 22 Ladd Brook Road.

Residents can also fill jugs at four filling stations which were expected to be delivered by Friday afternoon. The locations are:


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