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Regulators: Montpelier sewage leak had little impact on Lake Champlain

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

State environmental regulators say a sewage leak in Montpelier had a minimal impact on Lake Champlain.

The Agency of Natural Resources is trying to figure out how industrial strength rags became lodged in a sewer line near the Vermont Statehouse. That blocked the flow and sent hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage into the Winooski River.

Tuesday night, city officials and Lake Champlain International raised concerns about the impact on the health of the river and Lake Champlain. But Wednesday, the director of Vermont's wastewater management program says the spill amounted to .02 percent of the river's flow at the time and a fish kill or algae outbreak was unlikely.

"Do I think the person whoever did this had the intent to plug the sewer? I would, hopefully, doubt that. Was it an intentional disposal of it into the sewer? Definitely," said Ernie Kelley of the Vt. Department of Environmental Conservation.

Right now, the Montpelier Police Department is not investigating who may be behind the leak. The state says it is still looking into whether to fine the city for the incident.

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