- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a law that requires residents to be informed within an hour if any sewage is dumped or spilled into streams, rivers and lakes.

Prior to the law being signed on Wednesday, spills caused by wastewater treatment problems or system overflows could happen for an entire day before officials had to inform the public about a potential health hazard.

Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1SPpAR8 ) reports that the law is aimed at informing and protecting the public. But officials say it will also raise awareness of the issues that lead to sewage spills, such as outdated systems that get overloaded when it rains.

Lawmakers say the new law doesn’t require public reporting of sewage spills unless the sewage enters a public waterway.

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

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