Connecting Communities

Communities across the U.S. are responding to the PFAS contamination crisis by organizing and advocating for safe drinking water. This map shows sites with known contamination and where organizations are working for stronger health and environmental protections. Plug into a group working in your community, form a new group, or connect with others facing similar challenges.

Connecting Communities > United States > Vermont

Is there a PFAS contamination site near you? Use our interactive map to find out.

  • Each red dot represents a site contaminated with PFAS.
  • Click on a dot to learn more about the site.
  • Click on a state to get information about all sites as well as community groups, health studies, and resources available in that state.

* This map focuses on sites where PFAS have been detected in the environment (groundwater, soil, and surface water), or in drinking water where the contamination is linked to a specific source and not merely the result of testing a water supply system.

Connect with Vermont

PFAS Contamination Site

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at the Northeastern University.

Vermont Contamination Areas

  1. Bennington/North Bennington
    Former Chemfab manufacturing plant, later purchased by Saint-Gobain and H.C. White Company
    Location  Bennington & North Bennington, Vermont
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing

  2. Chittenden County
    Vermont Air National Guard base, Pittsford Fire Academy, IBM and Champlain Cable plants
    Location  Chittenden County, Vermont
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Naval Base; Fire Training Center; Industry/Manufacturing

  3. Pownal
    Former Warren Wire plant, now owned by Mack Molding
    Location  Pownal, Vermont
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing

  4. Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport business park
    Firefighting foam used during training at the airport and a 1986 plane crash site there
    Location  Clarendon, Vermont
    Date  2018
    PFAS contamination source  Civilian Airport

  5. Warren Elementary School
    Source unknown
    Location  Warren, Washington County, Vermont
    Date  2018
    PFAS contamination source  Unknown

If you know about a contamination site in your state that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates about your state!

Vermont Community Groups

We are not aware of any community groups in this state addressing PFAS issues.

​​​​​​If you are involved in a community organization working on PFAS and you don’t see your group listed, click here to have your group added to this page. 

If there are no community groups in your state, try contacting the National PFAS Contamination Coalitiona network of community groups working to address PFAS contamination across the country. You can also contact a coalition member near you to learn more and get involved.

Vermont PFAS Exposure and Health Studies

  1. PFOA Community Health Questionnaire
    Location  Bennington, VT; Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, NY
    Status  Complete
    Date  2018
    Type of study  Community health survey
    Study conducted by  Bennington College
    PFAS contamination source  St. Gobain/Chemfab manufacturing plant

  2. Vermont Department of Public Health PFOA Exposure Assessment
    Location  Bennington
    Status  Complete
    Date  2016-2017
    Type of study  Exposure Assessment of PFOA exposure from contaminated drinking water
    Study conducted by  Vermont Department of Health
    PFAS contamination source  St. Gobain/Chemfab manufacturing plant

Some states have conducted their own blood testing to understand people's exposure to PFAS in areas with contaminated drinking water. In the fall of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a national health study on PFAS involving multiple communities across the country.

Do you know about a health study in your state that is not listed here? Fill out this form to have it added!

Wondering if a health study is right for your community? Boston University’s Department of Environmental Health has a guide for making informed decisions.

What should you do if you happen to live or work near a PFAS contamination site?

  • Ask your local water supplier if they have tested the drinking water for PFAS and how they have reported (or failed to report) the results to the public.
  • If you have a private well, get your water tested. See our drinking water fact sheet to learn how.
  • Being close to a contamination site does not necessarily mean your drinking water is also contaminated. If you have questions or concerns, contact your state environmental or health department. Also see our list of resources for more information.

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University. The tracker records qualitative and quantitative data from each known site of PFAS contamination, including a timeline of discovery, sources, levels, health impacts, and community and government responses. All data presented in the map were extracted from government websites, news articles, or publicly available documents, and are cited in the tracker.

If you know about a contamination site that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates!

The Environmental Working Group also maintains a map of PFAS contamination in the US. This map includes additional locations where PFAS were found in drinking water but the point source of contamination is unknown.