State of Vermont
Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Compliance & Enforcement Division
Press Release

May 01, 2006
City of Burlington

The City of Burlington will contribute $7,500 towards a Supplemental Environmental Project and pay the state $1,000 in costs under a settlement approved by the Environmental Court following the discharge of wastewater into Lake Champlain without proper disinfection.

The incident occurred on July 26, 2005 when the tank from which chlorine was being drawn to disinfect the City's wastewater ran dry. As a result approximately 900,000 gallons of wastewater was discharged without disinfection. The City had chlorine in several other tanks at the facility, but the operator failure to switch to another tank resulting in the disinfection failure.

As part of the settlement the Secretary required that an independent consultant review operations at all the City's wastewater facilities. That independent review has been completed and the consultant's report has been submitted to the Wastewater Management Division for evaluation.
For Further Information please contact:
Attorney Gary Kessler at 802-241-3820 or email to