High concentration of PFOA found at North Pownal site

POWNAL, Vt. (AP) – Vermont officials have announced that the state found a new concentration of a potentially cancer causing chemical in the village of North Pownal.

Vermont Public Radio reports Trish Coppolino of the Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday that PFOA monitoring near the former Pownal Tannery found levels of the chemical above 200 parts per trillion.

The safe drinking water advisory level for PFOA in Vermont is 20 parts per trillion. PFOA is a suspect carcinogen that could lead to birth defects and thyroid damage.

Coppolino says state conservation officials were just checking the Pownal Tannery as a precaution and they weren’t expecting to see PFOA levels that high. She says the concentration seems like an anomaly, but homes in the area will be checked.

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