Urging stronger enforcement action to keep the Lake clean.
In all three instances, the polluters did not do enough to prevent the spills or to clean them up quickly. CLF is disturbed by the lack of swift and effective enforcement of the state's clean water laws. Luckily, CLF's Lake Champlain Lakekeeper Program has received a big boost through the addition of Lakekeeper Tim Burke, who will tackle the multitude of pollution problems facing the Lake, including stormwater runoff, agricultural runoff and discharges from wastewater treatment plants. Prior to joining CLF, Burke served as a Vermont State Representative, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources and Executive Director of the Adirondack Council. Working alongside Burke will be new Vermont staff attorney Anthony Iarrapino, who clerked for Judge Denise R. Johnson, an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, prior to joining CLF.
Burke and Iarrapino have already begun to demand that the state's Clean Water Act enforcement program measure up to federal requirements, and recently testified in favor of stronger enforcement of federal rules.
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2006|
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