Environmental official: State clean-up fund for PFOA response running low

Posted

MONTPELIER, VT. >> A top state environmental official says a fund being used to respond to the chemical contamination crisis in southwestern Vermont will be drained by the end of the year.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alyssa Schuren says her department hopes to come up with recommendations for strengthening the fund by next year.

Schuren says the fund is being used to respond to contamination found in a municipal water supply in Pownal by a chemical known as PFOA — perfluorooctanoic acid, a suspected carcinogen. It's also been found in private wells in North Bennington and Bennington.

The environmental contingency fund raises about $290,000 a year from fees on toxic chemicals, and gets money from settlements with polluters, but has about $3 million a year in demands on it.


TALK TO US

If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions