State holds public meetings on lake pollution

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Vermont lawmakers searching for ways to cut phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain say stricter controls on sewage treatment plants might be one solution.

But the Agency of Natural Resources opposes the focus on reducing phosphorus pollution from sewage plants.

The agency plans to start a series of public meetings tonight to discuss the best ways to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain. The agency is expected to report to the Legislature on the effectiveness of Gov. Jim Douglas’ $100 million Lake Champlain anti-pollution campaign.

Lawmakers are concerned that Vermont has spent more than $50 million on the cleanup but has not significantly reduced phosphorus running into the lake.

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