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Spiny water flea not expected to have major impact on Lake Champlain fishing

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:28am -- tim

A new aquatic invasive species, the spiny water flea, was recently identified in Lake Champlain, but biologists with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department do not believe the species will have a dramatic effect on fishing opportunities in the lake, or on most of the lake’s native plants and animals. Spiny water fleas have been in the Great Lakes since the 1980s, giving researchers several decades to study what happens when this species arrives in a new water body. According to Shawn Good, fisheries biologist and head of the department’s aquatic invasive species team, while spiny water f

US EPA announces proposed modification for the BFI Rockingham landfill superfund site remedy

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:36am -- tim

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends modifications to the remedy at the BFI Rockingham Landfill Superfund Site (Site) in Rockingham, VT. The remedy modifications include an increased timeframe to cleanup Site groundwater, additional groundwater restrictions to prevent exposure to contaminated groundwater, and revised cleanup levels for two Site contaminants, arsenic and lead, to ensure the remedy remains protective of human health and the environment based on changes to the federal and state standards for these metals.

Working Lands Enterprise Board announces Vermont forest economy systems analysis project

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:58am -- tim

The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB), in collaboration with the St. Albans-based Yellow Wood Associates (YWA), is pleased to announce the commencement of an in-depth analysis of the forestry and wood products industry in Vermont. With direction from the WLEB, YWA will engage stakeholders across all sectors of Vermont's forest and wood products economy to better understand the current state of the industry and identify opportunities for future strategic investment.

Loons post record year for nesting success, bald eagle nesting down

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:42am -- tim

Vermont’s loon population had a record year for nesting success, producing 65 fledglings, or chicks that survived to leave the nest, on lakes and ponds throughout the state. Loons faced dramatic declines in the 20th century mostly due to shoreline development and human disturbance of loon habitat, but were removed from Vermont’s endangered species list in 2005 following decades of recovery efforts. Peregrine falcons, which als

Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel donates over $4,000 worth of fall boots to Lund

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:20am -- tim

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel in Williston has donated $4,375 worth of fall boots to Lund. The 35 pairs of red, green and black Martino boots will be distributed among young women in the residential and education programs at Lund. The integrated family support, education, treatment and adoption programs at Lund served over 3,500 women, men and children across the state last year. 

EPA adds Bennington hazardous waste site to Superfund’s National Priorities List

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:33pm -- tim

EPA will add a Bennington hazardous waste site to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. The Superfund program, a federal program established by Congress in 1980, investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country and converts them into productive local resources by eliminating or reducing health risks and environmental contamination associated with hazardous waste sites.

Seventh Generation gets $30 million from investor

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:18pm -- tim

Today, Seventh Generation, based in Burlington, the nation's leading brand of non-toxic and renewable bio-based household, baby and personal care solutions, announcee the addition of a new investor, Generation Investment Management. The company said in a statement that the $30 million investment will allow Seventh Generation and its own venture arm, Seventh Generation Ventures, to accelerate the company's core growth through innovation, investment and acquisition of other mission-led brands.

Moody’s upgrades Fletcher Allen Health Care's bond rating to ‘A3,’ outlook stable

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:22pm -- tim

Fletcher Allen Health Care announced today that Moody’s Investors Service, one of the major New York City-based bond rating services, has upgraded the institution’s bond rating from  'Baa 1' to ‘A3’ with a “Stable” outlook. Moody’s based its decision not only on Fletcher Allen’s financial performance but also on the way that Fletcher Allen Partners was successfully able to integrate the New York-based hospitals into the system without any negative impact on the system’s operating or financial metrics.

Widespread frost, killing freeze to seize Northeast late this week

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:53am -- tim

AccuWeather reports the chilliest air of the season so far will settle over much of the NortheastThursday into Friday and will bring the threat for frost to a much larger area as compared to earlier in the week. The pattern through this week will bring cooler-than-average temperatures to the region. A reinforcing push of cool air is forecast to settle in Thursday into Friday.

Two Rising Tide protesters arrested at Vermont Gas pipeline site in Williston

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:45am -- tim

by John Herrick vtdigger.org Two protesters were arrested Tuesday during an attempt to block construction of a natural gas pipeline extension. The demonstrators sat on pipes being laid in a ditch with their necks locked together at the construction site along Redmond Road in Williston, halting construction for more than an hour.

KeyBank, VBM present 5x5x5 Growth Awards

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twenty-five Vermont companies were honored Monday night for their success over the last five year during the 2014 5x5x5 Growth Awards. Governor Peter Shumlin presented the awards to the companies who represented five different industry categories. The event is sponsored by KeyBank Vermont and Vermont Business Magazine. KeyBank and VBM started the growth awards in 2003 to create an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the success and contributions that Vermont businesses make to the Vermont economy.

Shumlin Administration takes down Vermont Health Connect website to prepare for open enrollment

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Shumlin administration today announced that Vermont Health Connect has shut down its website temporarily to complete ongoing operational, technical, performance and security improvements necessary for a well-functioning customer experience when the next open enrollment period begins in November. The site is scheduled to be offline until November 15. The state made the decision to take down the website after consultation with its federal partners at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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