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Vermont to study underground contamination in St. Johnsbury

July 18, 2019

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is going to be studying underground contamination in St. Johnsbury that forced the relocation of state workers as part of a plan to make the buildings habitable again.

The contamination was discovered under the Eastern Avenue office building complex in March 2017.

Chemical vapors were leaking from the foundation into the building. The building was shuttered and the workers from the Vermont Agency of Human Services were moved to another St. Johnsbury location.

The Caledonian Record reports the underground contamination stems from chemicals used by a dry cleaning business that occupied the site in the early 1970s.

Now experts are working to determine the scope of the contamination so they can begin planning on how to make the contaminated buildings safe for human occupation.

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