Report: Industrial, municipal facilities still polluting

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More than half of Vermont’s industrial and municipal facilities discharged more pollution into the state’s water than they were allowed in 2005.

So says the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.

It marked the 35th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act by releasing a report that says 17 facilities in Vermont exceeded their discharge limits more than 30 times in 2005.

The report says that on average, Vermont facilities exceeded their Clean Water Act permits by more than nine times the legal limit.

The conclusions were based on information obtained using the Freedom of Information Act.

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