- Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

HIGHGATE, Vt. (AP) - A Highgate dairy farm has been fined more than $15,000 in a settlement of environmental violations that it discharged manure into a Lake Champlain tributary and violated open burning rules.

The Agency of Agriculture notified the Environmental Conservation Department last July that a manure pit was overflowing on the farm. The department says it found that the manure pit was discharging liquid from the manure into the Saxe Brook. The department says it also noticed a large pile of partially burned waste including plastic, metal, glass and carpeting. The state says the next day the farm drew down the level of manure so that it stopped discharging into the brook.

The farm operators have agreed to retain a licensed engineer to inspect the manure pit system to prevent future discharges.

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