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By Steve King
Topic - David Mears
Top officials with several Vermont state agencies said Thursday they are ready to collaborate to clean up phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain, as the state submitted a new plan for doing so to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Vermont officials posted online a hefty plan Tuesday to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain from stormwater runoff, and now await word on whether it goes far enough in addressing federal concerns.
Vermont officials are finalizing details of a plan due Monday to reduce stormwater runoff into Lake Champlain to avoid costly federal intervention.
Vermont officials are being asked to get serious and specific about cleaning up Lake Champlain as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced deadlines Wednesday for the state to send finalized policy plans for reducing non-wastewater runoff into the lake.
Costs for the changes are undetermined, and Mears said they would have to be shared by the state, municipalities, farmers and developers.
Mears said millions of dollars had been invested in those facilities over the past four decades, and that they now contribute just 3 percent of the phosphorus reaching the lake.