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.



    Industry heavyweights come to Vermont to oppose toxic chemicals bill

    Bill Driscoll, vice president of Associated Industries of Vermont, testified before the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee against a bill to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Even though it only applies to children’s products, IBM, the Toy Industry Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Burton Snowboards, Keurig Green Mountain and Wal-Mart protest Vermont’s plan.

    Senate passes GMO labeling bill

    The Vermont Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to legislation that will require manufacturers to label foods with genetically engineered raw ingredients.

    Diluted water cleanup bill gets preliminary approval in House

    The Vilas Bridge over Bellows Falls gorge. Photo by Chris Bertelsen/Brattleboro Reformer

    Environmentalists say the plan is too weak because it does not include money or regulatory authority to back up the proposed programs.

    State Senate passes GMO labeling bill, 26-2

    Sen. David Zuckerman, P/D-Chittenden, is the lead sponsor of a bill to require manufacturers to label products containing GMOs.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    If the bill is enacted, the state would be the first in the nation to require manufacturers to label products containing genetically engineered ingredients.

    Federal budget cuts mean money for Lake Champlain cleanup could be scarce


    “On the level of bringing home the money, I came home a little sobered,” David Mears, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, said of his recent trip to Washington, D.C.

    Lowell wind opponents accept $1.3 million from Green Mountain Power for farm

    The state’s largest utility reached a $1.3 million settlement Monday with two Lowell landowners in a property line dispute over construction of a ridgeline wind farm. Don and Shirley Nelson, two vocal opponents of Green Mountain Power’s 63-megawatt wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain, own a 580-acre farm abutting the project. GMP will purchase the […]

    Senate and House tussle over lake shore development rules

    Lake Champlain’s frosty shoreline in Charlotte. Photo by John Herrick/VTDiger

    Environmental groups and Agency of Natural Resources officials support the Senate bill. State officials who have helped to shape the Senate version say weakening the legislation at this point will undermine the agency’s implementation efforts.

    State Supreme Court to hear VELCO appeal of jury verdict

    The Vermont Supreme Court will take up an eminent domain case between the state’s transmission utility and landowners. Vermont Electric Power Corp., or VELCO, appealed a $1 million jury award to the landowners after the company built a radio tower on their mountaintop property in Wells. Felix Kniazev and Olga Julinska abandoned their home and […]

    Anti-nuke group seeks to reopen Vermont Yankee permit case

    Protest on March 22. Photo by Alan Panebaker

    The New England Coalition filed a motion with the PSB to amend the nuclear plant’s certificate of public good to include more conditions, a move that, if approved, could allow Entergy to cancel its commitment.

    House panel likely to scale back toxic chemicals bill

    Rep. David Deen, D-Putney, chair of the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee, is working on a bill to regulate toxic chemicals found in consumer products. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Law granting the health department authority to label or ban toxic chemicals in consumer products sold in Vermont is too broad, industry reps say.

    GMO labeling bill heads for full Senate vote

    An initiative to label foods containing genetically modified organisms sold in Vermont passed a legislative panel Thursday. The Senate Appropriations committee unanimously approved H.112, a food-labeling bill designed to disclose GMOs found in certain foods. The full Senate will take up the bill as soon as next week. Lawmakers anticipate defending the legislation in court […]

    Growth bill would limit sprawl, promote downtown development

    Noelle Mackay, commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs, testified before a panel of lawmakers Wednesday on a proposal to make changes in the state’s land use and development permit process. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Bill has support of administration and Vermont Natural Resources Council, but the Conservation Law Foundation is wary of expanded exemptions.

    Fuel dealer fined for retaliation against customers who filed complaint

    New legislation under consideration in Montpelier could prohibit minimum usage fees being charged by some propane dealers. Photo by Josh Larkin.

    AG’s office says Cota & Cota canceled contracts for customers who filed complaints.

    N.Y. officials ask Addison County planners to approve gas pipeline

    Vermont Gas Systems' South Burlington offices. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Regional planners meet Wednesday on whether to OK Vermont Gas’ proposal to run a natural gas pipeline under Lake Champlain.

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