This article by Derek Carson originally appeared July 12 in the Bennington Banner.
NORTH BENNINGTON — The North Bennington Village Trustees are exploring using soil displaced from water line installation Route 67A to fill in and even out the terrain at Welling Field.
The topic was raised by trustee Mark Boudreau at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday. He said that, per conversations with the state, the top layer of soil at the park would be pulled back, the soil from the water line installations would be filled in, and the original soil would be placed back on top. At the conclusion of the project, the park’s elevation would all be uniform to the park’s current high point, which is near the soccer fields and train tracks.
Trustee Matthew Patterson said that the deal has the potential to be a win-win for both sides, but that he would prefer to approach it with caution, rather than just giving the state the go-ahead. The rest of the board agreed. “It sounds too good to be true,” he said.
Widespread contamination by perfluorooctanoic acid, commonly referred to as PFOA, was discovered in 2016 in private wells and soil around a former ChemFab factory. State environmental officials determined the chemical had emanated from manufacturing processes involving baked-on Teflon coating of fabrics.
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