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Hoosick Falls water

In this Feb. 26 photo, a woman leaves a Tops supermarket with bottled water that was being supplied to residents in Hoosick Falls. A settlement was announced on Tuesday in Vermont with Saint-Gobain setting off reaction by the mayor of Hoosick Falls who also has dealt with health concerns from the chemical and is negotiating a settlement.

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The mayor of Hoosick Falls that has been looking for a solution to the chemical contamination of its water supply says he's glad a permanent solution has been reached to a similar problem in nearby Bennington, Vermont.

Hoosick Falls Mayor Robert Allen made the comments Thursday, a day after Vermont officials announced they had reached a final settlement with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics to ensure hundreds of homes and businesses have access to clean drinking water.

The water system in Hoosick Falls, 10 miles west of Bennington, was also contaminated with PFOA, chemicals once used in certain industrial processes.

Allen says town officials authorized a lawsuit, but have not filed one. He says the community is still hoping to reach a negotiated settlement.

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