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Town reports decrease in cancer causing chemical in water

August 3, 2018

RICHFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials have reported a decrease in a chemical found to cause cancer that was detected in a Franklin County town’s water supply.

Mynbc5.com reported Friday the Richford water and wastewater department says tests on the town’s water system found haloacetic acids on an average of .034 milligrams per liter.

The town previously issued a warning to residents after tests in May found haloacetic acid levels at .062 milligrams per liter.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends levels stay below .060 milligrams per liter.

Ben Montross, head of compliance for the Department of Environmental Conservation’s drinking water division, says the water in Richford is safe to drink.

He says people’s health is based on a “lifetime of exposure at levels above the maximum contaminant level.”

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