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Smith: Holding our noses but not our breath

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.