MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The VermontAgency of Transportation hopes to address new environmental regulations with amore streamlined approach that they think will also save money.
State and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say roads and parking lotscontribute to non-wastewater runoff flowing into Lake Champlain, which theythink is causing algae blooms, hurting tourism and increasing water treatmentcosts.
Solutions include culvert projects onroads, green infrastructure and new permits for highways and town roads.
Agency of Transportation's CraigDiGiammarino told the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday that whileregulations for stormwater runoff exist, the unified approach that might comefrom new state goals would hopefully reduce administrative costs. Stormwater iscurrently regulated through a patchwork of permits.
Vermont's proposed lake goals should reach the EPAby April 1.
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