Farm Pollution Settlement Seen As Lake Cleanup Blueprint
An environmental group and the state Agency of Agriculture have signed onto an agreement that the green group says could be used as a blueprint for reducing farm pollution into Lake Champlain.
The agency and the Conservation Law Foundation said Friday they would settle litigation over a plan to trim pollution in northern Vermont's Missisquoi River basin.
Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross says the terms of the settlement mesh well with a new pollution reduction plan set by the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as state legislation passed this year aimed at cleaning Vermont's waters.
State officials say the settlement, in the form of a secretary's decision on the Missisquoi basin, will be the focus of a public hearing in St. Albans on Oct. 9.
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