John Herrick

John Herrick

John Herrick joined VTDigger in June 2013 as an intern working on the searchable campaign finance database and is now VTDigger's energy and environment reporter. He graduated from the University of Vermont’s with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. He wrote for the Vermont Cynic, university’s student newspaper, before interning and later freelancing for the Burlington Free Press.

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    NRC says long-term dry cask storage of spent fuel is safe

    A nuclear spent fuel storage pool. NRC photo

    New study by the federal nuclear regulative body says structures designed to store spent nuclear fuel can withstand natural disasters and the risk of terrorist attack is unlikely.

    PSB halts Vermont Gas pipeline project along VELCO route

    The Vermont Public Service Board late Friday ordered Vermont Gas to halt construction of its natural gas pipeline extension along certain sections of the proposed route until the company submits a soil management plan. Pipeline opponents say construction in the VELCO transmission line corridor will release a “hazardous” chemical lodged in the soil. The wood […]

    Barre awarded $1.6 million to recover from flood damage

    BARRE — The Granite City received $1.6 million in federal disaster recovery grants Thursday to repair damage caused by flooding. Pointing to a nearby flood-damaged foundation of a former dry cleaning site on Enterprise Alley, city and state officials said the majority of the money will be used to clean up the contaminated site and […]

    Environmentalists challenge Deerfield Wind in federal court

    A turbine at Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project on Lowell Mountain.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The U.S. Forest Service wants to allow Iberdrola to build a 15-turbine wind project in the Green Mountain National Forest.

    State accuses Dollar Tree of violating agreement on jewelry sales

    Vermont has sued the retail chain Dollar Tree for allegedly violating consumer protection laws prohibiting the sale of children’s products that may contain lead. The Virginia-based national discount chain agreed in 2010 to stop selling children’s jewelry products or other items containing lead above 300 parts per million. Lead is a chemical used to treat […]

    Vermont Gas customers join pipeline protest

    Andy Simon of Burlington and dozens of other natural gas pipeline opponents rallied at the Vermont Public Service Board offices Tuesday to call on regulators to reconsider Vermont Gas’ certificate of public good. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Groups opposing construction of a natural gas pipeline ask Public Service Board to reconsider its approval of the project, saying the company withheld cost increase.

    Public interest groups seek to help Vermont defend GMO labeling law

    Two consumer advocacy groups filed a motion in federal court Monday seeking to help the state defend a law that would require food manufacturers and retailers to label certain products containing genetically modified ingredients. The Center for Food Safety and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group are asking to intervene on behalf of the state […]

    Vermont Gas customers among those signing petition to halt pipeline

    AN SIGN STANDS in the yard of Jane and Nathan Palmer of Monkton, who are fighting to keep a natural gas pipeline from being built on their property. Addison Independent photo/Zach Despart

    Environmental group submits signatures asking Public Service Board to halt project in Addison County due to increase in estimated cost.

    Farmers say water quality rules are too onerous

    Richard Longway of Swanton co-owns a dairy farm. He testified during a public hearing in St. Albans on a petition that would put in place new regulations on farm practices.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    New regulations would require buffers, cover crops and fencing.

    State launches map of recycling, compost facilities

    A map released by the Agency of Natural Resources on Thursday is designed to make recycling and composting easier under Vermont’s new mandatory recycling law. The map includes the locations of a wide range of facilities that process food waste, recyclables, compost and trash. The map was created to help residents and businesses coordinate services […]

    FEMA won’t fund culvert plan for Vermont roads washed out by Irene

    Floodwaters from Irene tore away sections of roadway on Route 100. such as this section in Lower Granville. VTD/Josh Larkin

    State wants to use FEMA money to upgrade culverts and take other storm-damage prevention measures, but the change was not included in an early set of goals by the president.

    More than 2,000 people respond to AG’s survey on GMO labeling

    GMO label SLIDER

    More than half of those responding to an informational survey on the labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredients say post the information near the list of ingredients.

    Private nudist campground in Sheldon docked $28,750

    A communal campground for nudists reached a $28,750 settlement with the state over environmental violations, the Agency of Natural Resources announced Monday. Maple Glen’s 300-acre campground in Sheldon includes an in-ground heated pool, a hot tub, RV hook-up sites with a water tap, sewer access, a communal fire pit, recreational courts, a golf course and […]

    Solar installer offers financing package that eliminates upfront costs

    A SunCommon solar installation. Courtesy photo

    SunCommon expands its territory and announces plan that lets homeowners pay for solar arrays through energy savings.

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