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In Vermont And New York, Officials Try To Determine Scope Of PFOA Contamination

Taylor Dobbs
Potable water is being distributed in three Vermont towns that are affected by PFOA contaminaton.

A water contamination problem detected in private wells in North Bennington in February is also affecting municipal water in Pownal. Those discoveries come months after Hoosick Falls, New York, began dealing with the suspected carcinogen there. The source is manufacturing processes in plants operated by Saint-Gobain and Honeywell, but the responses from local, state and federal officials have varied since the problem first emerged. We talk with VPR reporter Howard Weiss-Tisman and with investigative reporter Brendan Lyons of the Albany Times-Union about the scope of the PFOA contamination, and how its being handled.  

Also in the program, talking to your parents about drugs.  Prescription medications are a common part of life for older people, but experts on aging say they're also an issue that families should talk about openly. We learn why middle-aged 'kids' should ask their parents more questions about the drugs they're taking and why. We're talking with Jessica Humphrey, a nurse and client care coordinator at Home Instead Senior Care in Shelburne.

Broadcast live on March 28, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.