POWNAL, Vt. (NEWS10) – PFOA test results have been returned from a municipal well in the town of Pownal.
Warren Wire used to produce wire coated with Teflon. The vacant warehouse has been owned by Mack Molding since 1988.
Concerns about dumping from people living in the area prompted the state to turn their attention to Pownal.
“It’s a very scary situation now that it’s literally right at the front door,” Pownal resident Christa Chenaille said.
PFOA used to be a chemical that Chenaille only heard about on the news. She wasn’t too concerned.
“It wasn’t directly affecting me, and then it started growing,” she said. “It started growing real fast. And I was wondering if we were next. And we’re next. We’re here.”
Chenaille has lived in the town for 21 years. She has heard rumors of dumping from the old factory.
“People always said, ‘Don’t fish in the stream; don’t eat the trout,’” she said.
Her first priority is her three, young children.
“I got very scared and nervous and decided that I needed to start asking some questions,” she said.
Chenaille discovered the school her children attend is on a private well, but they will get tested. In her home, they are strictly only using bottled water.
“I just told the children, from here on out, bottled water,” she said. “Brushing our teeth – bottled water. So I’m very concerned because you don’t know right now.”
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is also advising impacted residents to stop drinking the water.
The DEC will expand its testing to more wells and soil in Pownal.