Action! This Week! Public Hearing on Dumping of Human Feces and Urine

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Help Us Put an End to Politicians and Developers Using Our Public Waters as Their Private Cesspool

Public Hearing, this Thursday,

on the “Legal Dumping” of Human Waste

 into Otter Creek and Lake Champlain–our recreational waters and drinking water supply

The Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 2, 2021, on the proposed permits for four wastewater treatment facilities: Wallingford, Pittsford, Brandon and Rutland. Rutland, in particular, is notorious for diverting untreated human feces and urine, industrial toxins, and gutter pollutants into public waters, having done so, that we know of, more than 500 times in the last 6 years alone.  This must stop. We cannot continue to add more demands on failing and inadequate treatment plants–the operators are maxed out, stormwater and wastewater are insufficient, and drinking water treatment is outdated.  We are literally slowly poisoning our home and ourselves. 

Please make your voice heard!  These permits only come up for hearings every five years and Rutland has been operating on a permit from 2002!!! Yes, 19 years with no public review! Please do not let these permits to pollute go unchallenged! We must fight back demanding that no new permits be issued until developers and municipalities can demonstrate sufficient environmental protections are in place.

The public hearing will begin at 6pm in the Asa Bloomer State Building, located at 88 Merchants Row and 92 State Street Rutland, VT 05702, Conference Room 266. A virtual option for attending the meeting will also be available. 

For information on attending the meeting, go to the WSMD website at:

Written public comments on the proposed permits must be received on or before the close of the business day (4:30 pm) on September 10, 2021, to the Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, Watershed Management Division, 1 National Life Drive, David Bldg 3rd Floor, Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3522.  Comments may also be submitted by e-mail using the e-mail comment provisions included at public-notices–fact-sheets–draft-permits. All comments received by the above date will be considered in formulation of the final determinations.

In making a final determination on the applications, the Agency will consider all information received by that date or presented at the meeting.

Please make your voice heard.  Nothing will change until more of us speak out. We need not be experts to file a comment or make a statement expressing our expectation that politicians and supposed state environmental protection officials prioritize protecting our health and wellbeing and that of our natural world. If we don’t they will continue to work on behalf of developers only focused on their own profits spreading false messages that rain is the cause of pollution.

As always, please let me know how I can be of service to you in advancing our mutual interest in swimmable, drinkable, and fishable waters.

On behalf of those downstream, with gratitude,

James Ehlers


About vermontersforacleanenvironment

VCE's mission is to raise the voices of Vermonters and hold corporations accountable for their impacts on our people, our land, our air and our water. We are united in the belief that Vermont's future lies in conserving its clean, rural, small-town environment. We have joined together to pursue the common goals of encouraging economic development with minimal environmental impacts and preserving Vermont's natural beauty. VCE is committed to providing facts and information so that people can make informed decisions. We encourage your participation.
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