State: Resident PFOA blood tests several weeks away

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — State officials say North Bennington residents won’t receive blood tests for the presence of a potentially cancer-causing chemical for several weeks.

Vermont Public Radio reports that a state health official spoke with village residents last week and says those with high levels of the chemical PFOA in their water almost certainly have elevated levels of the chemical in their blood.

PFOA is part of a family of chemicals used to make nonstick cookware and stain-resistant carpeting.

More than 100 private wells have shown high levels of PFOA.

Federal officials must approve the state’s testing program, but the state can’t provide an estimate on the scope of the testing until they know how many people will be tested.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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