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Environmental judge reviews Lake Champlain permit appeal

August 1, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont environmental judge heard arguments this week in a case over state permits that would allow more pollution into Lake Champlain.

Vermont Public Radio reports the Conservation Law Foundation appealed four sewage treatment plant permits approved by Vermont state officials. Under the permits, more phosphorous from treatment plants will be released into the lake.

Phosphorous in water creates blue-green algae blooms that can emit harmful neurotoxins.

CLF lawyer Chirs Kilian says the lake hasn’t recovered and that adding more pollution is illegal.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources says the state’s federally approved cleanup plan will help the lake. The department says it will decrease waste load amounts if the lake doesn’t meet certain milestones.

Judge Thomas Durkin has encouraged both sides to find a resolution outside of court.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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