The protests of the Vermont Gas pipeline that will extend into Addison County and eventually to Rutland and the Ticonderoga paper plant in New York were renewed Wednesday when opponents of the natural gas pipeline staged a walk-through and sit-in at the Williston staging area. Pipe laying has already begun in Williston as the line is extended from Colchester, but protesters chose to block the entrance to the staging and office location, which stopped trucks and workers from entering or leaving for a short time.
At a news conference on Capitol Hill and in testimony at an Environmental Protection Agency public hearing, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Wednesday strongly endorsed an EPA proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants to curb global warming.
“If we do not address this crisis, our children and grandchildren will look back on this problem and we will be judged by history in a very negative way,” Sanders said.
Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross, will join Rutland County legislators at the Rutland Downtown Farmers’ Market to kick-off National Farmer’s Market Week this Saturday, August 2. The market, located at 98 Merchant’s Row in Rutland’s Depot Park, is one of eighty farmers’ markets across the state. Per capita, Vermont has more farmers’ markets than any other state in the nation. According to Ross, Vermont’s thriving farmers’ market community is a reflection of the values of Vermonters.
Oil storage and distribution company CV Oil of Pittsfield, Vermont, paid a $3,000 penalty to settle EPA claims that it did not have a spill prevention plan. This Vermont business is one of seven oil storage and distribution companies in New England that have all created or updated spill prevention plans and come into compliance with federal oil pollution prevention laws, thereby ensuring that the local environment in the communities in which they operate are better protected from the potential of a damaging oil spill.
by John Herrick vtdigger.org Federal nuclear regulators say storing spent nuclear fuel on-site indefinitely is safe. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week released a study on the environmental impacts of storing spent nuclear fuel.
On August 15, Green Mountain College will ban the sale of bottled water on its Poultney campus.
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org The management of Jay Peak Resort is defending its right to convert $17.5 million in equity stakes held by immigrant investors into unsecured, nine-year loans. The conversion was implemented on Aug. 31, 2013, without the knowledge or consent of 35 immigrant investors who each put up $500,000 toward the construction of Tram Haus Lodge, which is part of the Jay Peak Resort.
Funeral services for Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna will be held Friday, August 1, in the Ira Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont, her family and school officials confirmed Tuesday. VLS Trustee Emeritus and former Board of Trustees Chairman J. Scott Cameron will speak at the service, which will begin at 3 pm.
The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division (CED) today announced that it formally settled environmental violations involving the Village of Essex Junction. Essex Junction operates a wastewater treatment facility which released 1,954,853 gallons of non-disinfected wastewater into the Winooski River. The settlement includes a $22,625.00 penalty. A CED investigation revealed that during construction activities at the facility last summer, operators moved a panel which controls the application of hypochlorite for disinfection.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would restore Americans’ privacy rights by ending the government’s dragnet collection of phone records and requiring greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities.
by Morgan True vtdigger.org Vermont will apply for an extension of its roughly $100 million in remaining federal grants for implementing the Affordable Care Act, state officials confirmed Monday. Vermont has spent more than $72 million thus far, and state officials have indicated they believe it will take the full $171 million earmark to complete the project.
As part of his Summer Solar Tour, Governor Peter Shumlin today visited Northern Reliability in Waitsfield, one of the many solar businesses that has helped Vermont earn the Number 1 national ranking for solar jobs per capita, to announce $442,750 in Clean Energy Development Fund grants for nine community solar projects. Overall these grants will support the installation of more than 500 kilowatts of solar for schools, towns, and communities in Vermont.