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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Bennington Superior Court Approves Settlement between State of Vermont and Saint-Gobain for PFOA Contamination

May 30, 2019

CONTACT:    Rob McDougall, Chief, Environmental Division, Laura Murphy, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that on May 23, 2019, the Bennington Superior Court approved the Consent Order and Final Judgment Order between the State and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation.  The Consent Order memorializes the settlement agreement between the State and Saint-Gobain for PFOA contamination in Bennington and North Bennington.  It addresses both the east and west sides of the site, replacing and incorporating the earlier 2017 agreement reached by the parties.

The settlement between the parties was previously announced by Governor Scott, Attorney General Donovan, and members of the Bennington County Legislative Delegation on April 10, 2019, after it was filed with the Court.  A thirty-day public comment period followed the filing, and the Agency of Natural Resources held a two-day open house in April for interested community members to learn about the settlement.

Under the terms of the court-approved settlement, approximately 470 homes and businesses are eligible for connection to municipal water line expansions. Saint-Gobain is also responsible for long-term monitoring, drilling replacement wells, and long-term operation and maintenance of in-home treatment systems.  In addition, Saint-Gobain agreed to dismiss its challenge of Vermont’s PFOA rules that was pending in Washington Superior Court.

For more information on the PFOA contamination and ongoing response activities in Bennington, please visit the Agency of Natural Resources’ PFOA contamination response website.

 Related Documents:

Pleadings by Agreement (4/19)
Stipulation for the Entry of Consent Order and Final Judgment Order (4/19)
Consent Order and Final Judgment Order (signed by Court 5/23/19)

Last modified: May 30, 2019