Comments sought on PFAS sampling program

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MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources issued an updated per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) sampling plan today.

The public is invited to comment on the newly-released plan, which outlines how ANR will identify and characterize PFAS contamination in soil, groundwater and surface waters like lakes and rivers.

"Since we discovered PFOA in Bennington, we've systematically identified potential sources of contamination and prioritized the potential risk to drinking water supplies through sampling and site assessments," said Peter Walke, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources. "The plan we're releasing today offers an in-depth look at how we'll move forward to complete a statewide investigation of PFAS contamination to inform our regulatory and management work moving forward."

Vermonters are encouraged to read and add comments to the sampling strategy during the public comment period through June 18. After reviewing public comments and incorporating feedback, ANR will finalize the report by July 1.

ANR will then start to implement the plan.

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There are three ways to offer comments:

- Visit dec.vermont.gov/commissioners-office/pfoa to submit comments online

- Email Chuck Schwer, Director of Vermont's Waste Management and Prevention Division, at chuck.schwer@vermont.gov

- Mail comments to Waste Management and Prevention Division - Davis 1, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05620-3704

To learn more about Vermont's latest PFAS sampling strategy and to get more information on the state's PFAS investigation, visit dec.vermont.gov/commissioners-office/pfoa.


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