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EPA extends public comment period for Lake Champlain pollution cleanup plan


MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Environmental Protection Agency in Vermont has extended the deadline for public comments on its new pollution reduction targets for Lake Champlain.

Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1i3RDjY ) the agency announced Wednesday that it's extending the comment period for 30 additional days, ending Oct. 15, in response to requests from the public. The plan was released Aug. 14.

The plan's goal is to reduce by 33.8 percent the amount of phosphorous pollution that reaches Lake Champlain from the 12 waterways that feed into the lake on the Vermont side. Each waterway has a different target.

Vermont's plan to meet the goals includes decreasing the amount of polluted runoff that reaches the lake from farms, roadways and sewage treatment plants.

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

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