Jay Peak Resort, Inc., has not met water quality targets agreed to in a February settlement with the Agency of Natural Resources and the Vermont Natural Resources Council, records show.
The state’s environmental enforcement agency has imposed pollution control measures on development at the resort since 2006, but several streams have not fully recovered in the past decade, in part due to a wave of expansion since 2009.
Despite the streams’ slow recovery, in April of last year the state issued four new permits allowing Jay Peak to discharge stormwater runoff into the impaired streams. With help from Vermont Law School, the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) appealed the agency’s stormwater permits in environmental court.
According to the environmental group, the state was not enforcing its own water quality standards.
“We were dissatisfied with the way Department of Environmental Conservation (a division within the Agency of Natural Resources) was carrying out that obligation, which is why we appealed the permits,” said Kim Greenwood, director of Water Quality Programs for the VNRC.
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