Water Quality

Crews have contained a fuel oil spill in the Missisquoi River near Depot Street in Swanton, authorities say.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the final, legally binding version of its “Total Maximum Daily Load” (TMDL) plan, which sets required pollution reduction targets for Lake Champlain.

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A new $6.3 million State Police barracks in Westminster may finally get its permits to open.

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The state has discovered a new concentration of PFOA in North Pownal.

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Two recently completed engineering reports find that it could cost $17 million to bring clean water to the properties around North Bennington that have tested positive for PFOA.

A Burlington beach has been closed due to a chemical spill. According to the Agency of Natural Resources, a fire-suppressing foam was discharged into a brook a short distance from Lake Champlain near Blanchard Beach at Oakledge Park.

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Around noon on Friday, a pair of bicyclist casually made their way down a driveway past cars parked on what’s usually a lawn. Burgers had just come off the grill, the first tour was just finishing up, and the sewage kept flowing in.

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It could cost up to $13.7 million to extend the Bennington water system to the homes with private wells that are contaminated with PFOA.

Gov. Peter Shumlin has issued his first veto of the 2016 session. The governor says a bill expanding the membership of the state's Clean Water Fund Board could have slowed down efforts to clean up lakes and streams across the state.

The discovery of a possible carcinogen in private drinking supplies in North Bennington spurred the passage of new toxics legislation in Montpelier this year.

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Under a new law signed Wednesday, Vermonters will be informed within hours if any sewage is dumped or spilled into streams, rivers and lakes.

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Three Vermont law firms, along with a North Carolina environmental law team, have reached an agreement to work together to represent some of the residents in North Bennington who are dealing with PFOA contamination in their water.

The company that's been working closely with the state on the water contamination crisis in North Bennington is now questioning Vermont's low safety standard for the chemical PFOA.

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As the state zeroes in on the extent of the PFOA contamination in North Bennington, there are short and long term challenges to making sure people have clean water to drink.

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A University of Vermont research effort got a $20 million boost this year to fund studies on how to make watersheds more resilient to extreme weather events, officials announced Monday.

Addison County Sen. Chris Bray, left, says Vermont could get more electric vehicles on the road by providing a financial incentive to prospective buyers.
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The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee has decided not to fix a technicality in legislation that requires sewage treatment plant operators to notify the public if there is a sewage spill, according to Sen. Chris Bray.

New England lawmakers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to issue an updated health advisory level for the chemical PFOA.

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State officials in Vermont and New York have been testing water and people in areas where water wells are contaminated by the suspected carcinogen PFOA — and now professors and college students are joining the response team.  

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The discovery of high levels of a suspected carcinogen in private water supplies in Bennington and beyond has lawmakers questioning the adequacy of regulations that are supposed to protect Vermonters from toxic substances.

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Sewage spilled onto Church Street in Burlington Thursday, and city officials did not report it to the state agency responsible for warning residents when a potentially harmful sewage spill happens. According to officials’ interpretation of state laws, there is no requirement that the public be informed about the flow of sewage, which was caused by a problem with sewage infrastructure on private property.

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