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Protests to gas pipeline extension move to Williston

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:07am -- tim

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.

Sanders backs EPA curbs on power plant pollution

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:35am -- tim

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 Ag secretary will kick off Farmers’ Market Week

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:25am -- tim

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.

CV Oil takes action to improve oil spill prevention measures under settlements

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:00am -- ayla

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.

Jay Peak defends dissolution of partnership with EB-5 investors

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 9:47am -- tim

by Hilary Niles 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.

Release of 1,954,853 gallons of non-disinfected wastewater results in $22,625 penalty for Essex Junction

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:40pm -- tim

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.

Leahy introduces historic legislation to ban NSA’s dragnet collection of Americans’ electronic communications

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:18pm -- tim

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.

Vermont to apply for extension of federal ACA implementation grants

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:12pm -- tim

by Morgan True 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.

Shumlin announces Clean Energy grants for nine community solar projects

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:13am -- tim

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.