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Cuts could end Vt. air pollution testing program

November 25, 2011
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BURLINGTON, Vt.—Experts say that a proposed $24,000 federal budget cut could hamper Vermont scientists' ability to measure and track airborne pollutants from the Midwest.

For the last 20 years the Atmospheric Integrated Research Monitoring Network on the Underhill side of Mount Mansfield has helped scientists in the U.S. and Canada map industrial plumes that cause acid rain and nutrient pollution.

University of Vermont Professor Lawrence Forcier tells the Burlington Free Press ( http://bfpne.ws/tM6ZNy) the project is one of seven in the Eastern United States that is s unlikely to continue receiving federal funding.

The funding is due to end at the turn of the year.

Officials say that since 2006 about 500 requests have been made for data from the project by scientists.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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