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 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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    Vermont joins international climate change pact

    NYC Climate march, Sept. 21, 2014. Photo by Don Hooper

    *+-Vermont joined 11 other states, cities and provinces Thursday to make an nonbinding commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent to 95 percent of 1990 levels by 2050.

    Legislative Wrap: Water quality law gets mixed review from environmentalists

    Only three young swimmers were using the St. Albans town beach on a sunny July  Friday. The beach used to be a state park, but was abandoned in the 1970s because of water pollution. The town took over the park but algae blooms and  weed growth continue to discourage swimmers. "Eeeew, I just stepped right in seaweed," Jack Messier (in red shirt), 10, of Jeffersonville, exclaims to his friends Bryce (left), 10, and Reed 7, Conger. Photo by Candace Page.

    *+-The Agency of Agriculture still has the discretion to enforce water pollution laws, which is a fundamental concern for environmental groups that say the agency has been understaffed or unwilling to take action.

    Entergy dodges hearing on emergency planning cuts

    Dry cask storage

    *+-The Nuclear Regulatory Commission rejects state’s argument that Vermont Yankee’s storage of spent fuel continues to pose public health and safety risk.

    Law creates Vermont’s first renewable energy standards

    Sen. President Pro Tem John Campbell (center), D-Windsor, and Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, confer on the Senate floor Friday. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

    *+-Major legislation sets state goals for renewable energy use and asks utilities to help their customers use less fossil fuels.

    Campbell delays energy bill, passage uncertain

    Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell speaks on the Senate floor Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    *+-The Senate President Pro Tem booted two reporters from his office where he was meeting privately with a quorum of a Senate committee.

    Renewable energy law may face late hurdle

    Lowell wind JH

    *+-A major overhaul of the state’s energy policy won preliminary approval in the Senate, but an effort to give towns more say in locating wind projects is expected Thursday.

    Water quality bill headed for governor’s signature

    The White River as it passes through South Royalton. VTD/Josh Larkin

    *+-Senate approves $7.5 million legislation funded in part by a 0.2 percent surcharge on the state property transfer tax. House expected to concur.

    Senate OKs water quality bill that includes surcharge on property transfer tax

    The U.S. Coast Guard building, center, and the Moran building, right, on the waterfront of Lake Champlain in Burlington. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    *+-Senate approves bill to clean up the state waterways that includes a 0.2 percent surcharge on the property transfer tax.

    Renewable energy overhaul set for Senate vote

    *+-A bill that will mandate state renewable energy targets is set to arrive on the Senate floor in the final week of the legislative session. The Senate Finance and Appropriation committees voted unanimously Monday to pass H.40. The legislation requires the state’s utilities to use more renewable energy beginning in 2017. The House passed the […]

    Highgate residents shocked, but withhold judgment

    The dairy farm of Sen. Norman McAllister, R-Franklin, on the Highgate-Franklin line. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    *+-Residents in Sen. Norm McAllister’s district are waiting to see whether allegations of sexual assault are true.

    New details: McAllister pleads not guilty to sex charges

    Sen. Norm McAllister, a 63-year-old Republican from Franklin, did not answer questions Friday as he entered Franklin Superior Court in St. Albans for  arraignment on sexual assault charges. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    *+-Sen. Norm McAllister, arrested at the Statehouse Thursday, charged with three counts of sexual assault and three counts of a prohibited act.

    Water quality funding remains unclear

    Burlington Bay on Lake Champlain in Burlington. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    *+-Proposed ‘Statewide Water Quality fee’ looks like a property tax, say some House Democrats.

    Deal struck on solar siting requirements

    Solar panels on the McKnight Farm in East Montpelier make use of the state's net metering program. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    *+-Senate committee brokers compromise that would establish statewide setback and screening requirements for solar energy projects. Measure is part of comprehensive renewable energy bill.

    Food groups to appeal federal court ruling on GMOs

    Some products contain a voluntary label indicating they were produced without GMOs. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    *+-Trade groups representing the grocery and food manufacturing industry will challenge a decision last month that allowed Vermont’s landmark GMO labeling law to go into effect while the case is being heard.

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