- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - In a story Feb. 9 about a Lake Champlain cleanup plan, The Associated Press erroneously reported the time of a Feb. 12 meeting between Vermont legislators and Environmental Protection Agency officials. It is set for 10 a.m. to noon, not noon to 2 p.m.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Vt. reps to meet with EPA about Lake Champlain

Vermont lawmakers to meet with EPA officials about cleaning up Lake Champlain

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Key Vermont lawmakers are planning to meet with officials from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to talk about what needs to be done to clean up Lake Champlain.

Wednesday’s session - set for 10 a.m. to noon in Room 11 of the Statehouse - is expected to include officials from the Boston regional office of the federal agency, as well as the chairs and vice chairs of eight Vermont House committees.

Lawmakers say they expect to hear about the EPA’s expectations for the state’s efforts to reduce pollutants flowing into the lake.

The state has presented a plan to the EPA on how it will meet pollution standards. Lawmakers say they expect to get information on how much work and state funding will be required.

At issue is the total maximum daily load - or TMDL - for the lake, meaning how much runoff laden with sediment and other materials should be allowed to flow into the lake.

The question has been the subject of litigation for years, with environmental groups arguing the state has not done enough to limit the flow of polluted runoff.

At Wednesday’s meeting, “the EPA will present their response to the Vermont proposed TMDL Plan,” said a statement from legislative staff. “This response is key to understanding the level of work and funds necessary to implement the TMDL Plan.”

The committees whose leaders are expected to attend the session include Appropriations, Agriculture and Forest Products, Commerce & Economic Development, Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, Natural Resources and Energy, Transportation, Institutions and Corrections and Ways and Means.

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