The state of Vermont
has spent $85 million dollars in the last five years to clean up Lake
Champlain, but so far, we’ve seen little in the way of results. UVM
Lake Scientist, Mary Watzin speaks with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about the lake’s
complex ecosystem, and how pollution affects it.
New reason for concern about families stuggling to pay
for their basic needs; fuel prices are on the
minds of Vermont’s congressional delegation; environmental group says VANR has
failed to control large farm pollution; Anthony Pollina attacks Gov. Jim Douglas for cutting the state
sewage continues to pour into public waters around the state – especially into
the Lake Champlain basin. The
reason is that treatment systems are sometimes weakened by age or overwhelmed
by heavy rains.
John Dillon reports.
A bill that would ease restrictions on sewage
treatment plants in the Lake
Champlain watershed is
making headway in the Statehouse. The bill would also exempt composting facilities from
Act 250 jurisdiction. That provision has some advocates questioning what
compost has to do with Lake
League of Cities and Towns has joined with the Douglas Administration to
overturn a law that could force towns to spend more to clean up Lake Champlain. They
say complying with the law would be too costly. But
environmentalists say everyone must chip in to get a cleaner lake.
John Dillon reports:
Douglas Administration wants lawmakers to repeal a law that could lead to
tougher pollution targets for Lake
repeal idea has the support of business groups and some lake communities. But
environmentalists say tighter controls are needed because the current clean up
effort is not working fast enough.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has raised concerns about the level of
phosphorus pollution that the state may allow from the St. Albans sewage treatment plant.
EPA says St.
Albans Bay on Lake
Champlain is already
polluted, so phosphorus levels should be reduced.
Vermont has joined other New England states and New York in asking the federal government to cut mercury pollution coming from Midwest coal plants.
The states are pursuing a unique legal strategy. They hope to use a provision of the Clean Water Act to reduce mercury levels in the region’s fish.
International Paper says it’s still looking at the possibility of burning tires for fuel at its Ticonderoga plant.
But the company says first it wants to determine which air pollution control technology it needs to reduce emissions.