Apr 10, 2016 10:47 AM

Potential cancer causing chemical in Litchfield drinking water

The Associated Press

LITCHFIELD — Litchfield is the latest in Northeast communities to be put over the edge amid concerns that a potentially cancer-causing chemical has contaminated the drinking water.

Litchfield joins North Bennington, Vermont, and Hoosick Falls, New York, where systems have tested positively for PFOA. But the chemical's amounts still remain under the Environmental Protection Agency's advisory level for short-term exposure. Officials have called for expanded testing and several results are still outstanding.

Bottled water is being given out in Litchfield and nearby Merrimack.

Community meetings are being held to inform residents that wells in several streets in Litchfield will be tested for contamination.

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