Teflon Town: A Toxic Legacy

By Dr. Mercola

In the late 1960s, Chemical Fabrics Corporation (ChemFab), a maker of Teflon-coated fiberglass fabrics, the type used on conveyor belting, sports stadium domes and similar structures, opened a factory in North Bennington, Vermont. With promises that “absolutely no pollutants” would be given off by the factory, the company enjoyed explosive growth for decades, eventually expanding its headquarters into Merrimack, New Hampshire, and grossing $126 million in sales in 2000.1

That year, ChemFab was purchased by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, which shut down the Vermont plant. Unfortunately, its toxic legacy would remain and continues to poison people living in the area to this day, according to a joint investigation by VT Digger and the Bennington Banner. Those living in the area knew the plant well, some working within its walls or residing within walking distance of its smokestacks.

Resident and former worker David Barber told VT Digger he used


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