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Bennington College wins grant to research water crisis

BENNINGTON - Bennington College sits just up the hill from the Village of North Bennington, the latest local spot plagued by PFOA, a dangerous chemical linked to cancer.

Lately, the college has acted as a meeting place for leaders - and residents looking for answers.

Now, students have a chance to weigh in on the conversation.

The college is getting $90,000 from the National Science Foundation to help research the water contamination crisis.

Starting in April, students, faculty, and members of the public will head to North Bennington, Hoosick Falls and Petersburghthe local villages and towns with high concentrations of PFOA.

They're hoping to gather samples, learn more about the chemical, and help government crews on the ground.

"We're working with [state workers] and finding ways to complement the work they do. At the same time, we can ask different questions than they can ask. We can ask questions that go beyond state lines," explained David Bond, Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College.

The six week course will start in April. Another class will gather in the fall.

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