Vermont Agricultural Official: Delay Water Quality Regulations

April 1, 2016 09:40 AM

Vermont agricultural officials are trying to delay new water quality standards from taking effect, after farmers said they needed more time to review the complex regulations.

Vermont Public Radio reports that Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross wrote a letter to lawmaking officials last week asking them to formally adopt the new rules in September instead of on July 1.

The water-quality bill — passed in 2015 — aims to reduce the phosphorus pollution flowing from farms into lakes and rivers. The pollution feeds toxic algae in Lake Champlain.

Environmental advocates with the Conservation Law Foundation say the organization is disappointed by the request and would use the extension to encourage stricter Required Agricultural Practices.

Lawmakers are expected to consider the request sometime this week.

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