Toxic chemical bill advances

MONTPELIER — The Vermont House has approved a bill, prompted by the discovery of PFOA in Bennington's water, that provides for stricter regulation of toxic substances.

"The bottom line is that Vermonters deserve to know what toxic substances they are exposing themselves and their families to," said Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson in a statement on Thursday. "This bill takes a modest but important step to better protect Vermonters, especially our children, from toxic chemicals."

The bill approved last week, S.103, is a version of a bill introduced last year following the discovery of PFOA contamination of drinking water in wells of Bennington residents.,536156