NORTH BENNINGTON (AP) >> Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the company that now owns a closed chemical plant in North Bennington has agreed to pay for engineering studies to determine the feasibility of connecting more than 100 homes to public water supplies.

The governor's office says Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is paying for drinking water sampling of more than 300 private wells in the Bennington and North Bennington area to see if the wells are contaminated with PFOA.

The Town of Bennington and the Village of North Bennington have secured separate proposals from engineering firms for about $15,000 each.

Additionally, preliminary soil test results from around the former Chemfab facility in North Bennington, now owned by Saint-Gobain, found there is no significant risk of PFOA being drawn into plants and vegetables from garden soils.