History of complaints against Chemfab plant

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NORTH BENNINGTON — Well testing continues tonight around a shuttered manufacturing plant, believed to be the source of contamination in a water quality investigation.

The old Chemfab plant shut down in 2002, two years after being bought by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, the company at the center of a contamination crisis in Hoosick Falls.

Five wells tested positive in North Bennington, though the public supply is clean, according to state investigators.

CBS 6 news has learned Chemfab has a history of complaints.

Vermont’s DEC has 32 air quality complaints on record against the company from 1975 to 2000.

All but five involved strong odors coming from the facility. Two discussed visible emissions coming from the plant’s smokestacks.

In some cases, the state took ‘enforcement actions,’ making Chemfab install pollution control systems and set up an ‘odor abatement plan.’

In the 1980s, the company raised its stacks and added ventilation systems to fall in line with the plan.

These complaints we’ve found don’t include any potential issues with water or waste from the plant.

Saint-Gobain is cooperatingoffering to pay for water and filtration systems in the village. The company’s scheduled to meet with investigators next week.


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