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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Homepage: http://vtdigger.org

    Special report: The war on weeds

    Glyphosate Mike Eastman

    In 2013, Vermont farmers and chemical applicators purchased five times more glyphosate than they did a decade ago. Many farmers say it is safer than alternatives, others say all chemicals should be avoided.

    EPA zeroes in on phosphorus farm runoff for Lake Champlain cleanup

    Photo by Chris Court/Creative Commons

    For areas like South Lake A, where the EPA estimates that agriculture accounts for 89 percent of phosphorus flowing into lake, some farmers must go above current legal obligations to reduce runoff and erosion from their farms.

    Legislative Wrap: State passes ambitious renewable energy goal

    A solar panel and battery storage system at Northern Reliability’s test center in Waitsfield. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The new standard puts Vermont on a steady track to continue building renewable energy projects, such as wind, solar and large-scale hydro power.

    Vermont Gas-owned wetland allegedly altered by former owner

    The wetland in Colchester owned by Vermont Gas.

    Agency of Natural Resources investigating alleged dumping of clay soil and tree stumps by excavation company into wetland Vermont Gs had purchased to mitigate for wetlands lost during Addison pipeline construction.

    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.

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