Teflon Town: ChemFab's toxic legacy
Teflon Town: ChemFab's toxic legacy is a five-part series on the history of the company in Bennington and the impact of water contamination from the factories on local residents.
Jim Therrien, who writes for New England Newspapers in Vermont and VTDigger, and VTDigger reporter Mike Polhamus examine the history of the Bennington plants and the impact of toxic chemical emissions on local residents.
"The area within a 15-mile radius of Bennington may well be the Teflon glass coating capital of the world."
When Vermont regulators learned last year that the former ChemFab factory had polluted hundreds of wells in Bennington with perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, the reaction was swift.
Kelly lives in a two-story house on a well-maintained property with a big lawn, a jungle gym and a dirt driveway. Two American flags adorn the house, which rests near the crest of a hill that overlooks the former ChemFab factory. The mother of three said
BENNINGTON — Property owners near the closed ChemFab Corp. plant in North Bennington thought their worries — and the effects of chemical stench, fine black soot and "blue haze" in their neighborhoods — were over when the plant shut down
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