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State Provides Updates for Residents Near Shaftsbury Landfill

July 21, 2016

Montpelier, VT—The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provided an update today on bottled water availability for Shaftsbury residents living near the closed town landfill, and details on an upcoming informational meeting.

Residents with private wells living within a quarter mile of the Shaftsbury Landfill are eligible to pick-up bottled water as a temporary drinking water supply until their private drinking water supply has been tested for PFOA. The area includes homes along North Road; Reddy Road; the end of Bahan Road; and the section of Airport Road between street junctions with North and Simeon Dean Roads.

Bottled water will be available at the Town Clerk’s Office at Cole Hall, 61 Buck Hill Rd starting Friday, July 22. Cases can be picked-up between the hours of 7am and 3pm. Please call the Town of Shaftsbury at (802) 442-4038 ext. 3 if you need to make alternate arrangements or have questions about pick-up.

The decision to test wells of homeowners near the landfill resulted from yesterday’s announcement on the finding of PFOA in a groundwater monitoring well at the site. Results showed PFOA to be present at a concentration of 25 parts per trillion in the one monitoring well tested. The combined Vermont Health Advisory limit for PFOA and PFOS is 20 parts per trillion. Additional monitoring wells at the landfill and private drinking water wells within a quarter mile of the landfill will be tested over the next few weeks.   

State environmental and public health officials will be on hand to answer questions at Shaftsbury’s Selectboard meeting Monday, July 25th at 6:30pm at Cole Hall on 61 Buck Hill Road.

For questions related to PFOA or private drinking water well testing, call the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation at (802) 828-1138.
For health-related questions, call the Vermont Department of Health at (800) 439-8550.

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