Former transformer plant site now hazard-free

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The former site of a transformer plant in Bennington is now officially hazard-free. That follows a $1.9 million cleanup by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The 36-acre Jard site was once home to a plant that produced PCBs. It closed in the late 1980s and was torn down last year as part of the cleanup.

Last week, EPA coordinator Allen Jarrell toured the site with state and town officials to review the work that’s been done.

Town Manager Stuart Hurd says the site is no longer a hazard, now that contaminated soil has been excavated and drywells, storage tanks and transformers removed.

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