The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation last month ordered Vermont public water systems to disinfect water to protect immuno-suppressed Vermonters at risk from Covid-19.
In the 14th episode of “Travels With Charlie – Vermont Politics in Real Life,” host Charlie Papillo discusses lake water cleanup with Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore and Buzz Hoerr, former chair of the Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain’s Future.
A recent ruling that stops the state from imposing new rules on PFAS chemicals has the support of New Hampshire’s leading business advocate, but the legal case is far from resolved.
We must choose a path of liberty that preserves our constitutional republic or resign ourselves to the fact that, by the acceptance of our omission from participating in our self governance, we must be content living under a more communist-style rule.
The Vermont Agricultural Quality Partnership’s watershed tour provided an insightful look at the coordinated team and strategic approaches underway to improve water quality.
The Obama rule gives expansive power to the federal government to regulate development and commerce that happens around bodies of water in the U.S. Although the law loosely refers “navigable waters,” it has been used to justify regulatory action around small, temporary bodies of water.
So now we have Burlington discharging 7,000,000 gallons of “partially treated” wastewater into Lake Champlain. There are 8.34 pounds per gallon, so the discharge adds up to 58,000,000 pounds. At the $15/pound rate charged against Lyndon, the fine against Burlington should come to $870 million. Will the state’s environmental enforcers levy that fine on Burlington? We doubt it.
Our lakes, rivers, and waterways are assets that support our way of life, our property values, our health and safety, and our economy. We need to invest in these assets. Like any investment, early, proactive, and disciplined practices are the key to success. As stated before, we have two options, defer action or take action.