BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will pay $2 million to complete the final design of a Bennington project that will connect some customers with wells contaminated by chemicals to town water.

The project would extend public water lines to homes affected by PFOA-contaminated wells.

The Bennington Banner ( ) reports DEC Commissioner Alyssa Schuren said Wednesday the agency will pick up the tab because the company DEC believes is responsible for the contamination, Saint-Gobain, hasn’t committed to paying for the costs.

Two state lawmakers from Bennington say they’re working on new legislation that would make individuals liable for PFOA contamination in private wells.

A Saint-Gobain spokeswoman says the company has provided bottled water and filtering systems for homes as signs of its commitment to helping to solve the problem.

Information from: Bennington Banner,