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VADA endorses Phil Scott for governor

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:55pm -- tim

Phil Scott today laid out his plan for improving Vermont’s roads and bridges, and reiterated his opposition to higher transportation taxes, a carbon tax and infrastructure debt supported by his opponents. At an event where he also accepted the endorsement of the Vermont Vehicle and Automotive Distributors Association, Scott highlighted his work to reduce the Legislature’s raid on the Transportation Fund and outlined his plan for transportation when he serves as Governor.

Phil Scott releases new TV Ad

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Phil Scott, candidate for governor, today released a new television ad highlighting his priorities leading up to the August 9 primary election. Scott, who throughout his campaign has outlined his priorities to strengthen the economy, make Vermont more affordable and restore faith and trust in government, explains in the ad, “trust and integrity are very important. Vermonters are yearning for that again.”

Former Governor Howard Dean endorses Sue Minter for governor

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Former Governor Howard Dean, and former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, today announced his endorsement of Sue Minter for governor. “I am proud to support Sue Minter to serve as the next Governor of Vermont,” said Gov. Dean.  “She is a strong leader and a true progressive who has the experience and dedication we need to keep moving Vermont forward.”

Road Pitch ganging up on Vermont entrepreneurs August 1-August 5

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 3:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the third consecutive year, FreshTracks Road Pitch will take place August 1-5. Road Pitch is a five-day motorcycle tour of Vermont in which a gang of “business bikers” (comprised of investors, entrepreneurs and business advisers) ride around the state and stop in 10 towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts.

Governor lifts 'Do Not Drink' order for Pownal

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin today lifted the “Do Not Drink” order for Pownal’s municipal drinking water system, Fire District Number Two. The system had been contaminated with slightly elevated levels of the possible carcinogen PFOA. Results this week show that a new treatment system is effectively removing all PFOA from the town’s drinking water. Governor Shumlin will hold an event on Monday Auugust 1 at 3:30 pm to acknowledge the milestone and community members involved in achieving clean water again.

New unpermitted sewage discharge in Poultney

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new unpermitted sewage discharge has been reported this morning by the ANR – Watershed Management in Poultney. High levels of bacteria were found in a municipal storm drain leading into the Poultney River. Unpermitted Discharge Incidents are discharges of wastewater, industrial process water, dumping or spills into waters of the state either directly or through stormwater-only drainage systems or other conveyance. These discharges have been identified and found that they may pose a threat to human health or the environment

Making flood resiliency a reality in the South Lake Champlain region

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of the South Lake Champlain Partnership, the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission have teamed up to facilitate flood resiliency education, planning and project implementation in the Flower Brook Watershed shared by Tinmouth, Danby, and Pawlet.

Guy Page: Vermont Yankee takes the high road by shipping groundwater

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:59pm -- tim

by Guy Page It rains in Vermont. It rains a lot. And rain contributes to groundwater. Everywhere else in Vermont, groundwater moves subsurface into a nearby rivers or lakes, usually with little or no treatment. But Vermont Yankee is not “everywhere else.” After examining groundwater that had intruded into the lower basements of the facility, Vermont Yankee determined that it contained traces of tritium.  Even though the extremely low radiation level of this tritiated groundwater is approved by the U.S.

Castleton leads South Champlain Historical Ecology Project

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bringing to light remnants of the past, Castleton University has partnered with the Vermont Archaeological Society, the Natural Conservancy, and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for an archeological dig project currently underway at the Nature Conservancy’s Helen W. Buckner Preserve at Bald Mountain in West Haven, Vermont. Titled the South Champlain Historical Ecology Project (SCHEP), the endeavor is designed to examine long-term patterns in human-environment interactions within the southern Lake Champlain Basin.

Green Party's Jill Stein to secure spot on Vermont presidential ballot, seeks Bernie's supporters

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Friday, July 29th at 1:30pm supporters of Jill Stein 2016, the presidential candidate for the Green Party, will submit 1,500 certified signatures, as well as necessary consent forms to the Secretary of State’s office at 128 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont. Stein supporters will be there to give comments to the press. Over the past month, volunteers from all over Vermont have collected signatures by canvassing door to door, and at farmers’ markets, concerts and transfer stations.

New study calls for stronger policies to tackle non-native pests in US forests

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:08am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Forests are the fabric of New England, fabric that is being increasingly shredded by invasive pests and pathogens, as 47 species of non-native tree-eating insects are known in New Hampshire alone. The emerald ash borer, a beetle native to Asia, is presently established around Concord, NH, and can be expected to eliminate ash trees from most of New England within a decade. Once new invasives are established, there is often little that forest managers or property owners can do to limit impacts. The pathway for protecting our forests is to prevent the next emerald ash borer from colonizing North America by strengthening policies that tackle pest introduction and prevention, according to an open access paper published this month in the print issue of Ecological Applications.

Renewable Energy Vermont launches new tool for property owners

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Renewable Energy Vermont in partnership with the Renewable Energy Resource Center, a project of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, have launched a new resource for Vermonters looking to install solar photovoltaic panels (PV), solar hot water systems, or modern wood pellet boilers. The project was made possible due to funding from the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF).

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