Vermont gets a D+ for poor progress toward Lake Champlain cleanup

Mike Polhamus, VTDigger

The Conservation Law Foundation has given the state of Vermont a D+ for poor progress toward a cleanup of Lake Champlain. Issuing its annual Lake Champlain Report Card on Monday, the environmental watchdog said, “The near-failing grade is the result of a consistent pattern of missed deadlines, weak treatment standards and a lack of investment in clean-up programs.”

The foundation’s grade is in marked contrast to the self-evaluation by Anson Tebbetts, the state secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets, who issued a statement earlier in April saying the state had been given “all A’s” for its efforts so far, by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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