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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    House GOP may offer changes in lake cleanup bill

    Lake Champlain algae bloom

    A bill to raise money for cleaning up the state’s polluted waterways hits the House floor next week, where Republicans may challenge a proposed increase in the property transfer tax.

    Shumlin’s chief of staff to leave after the session

    Liz Miller

    Liz Miller will be replaced by Darren Springer of the Department of Public Service at the end of the legislative session.

    State regulators weigh penalty against Vermont Gas

    Eileen Simollardes

    The company withheld details of a 40 percent cost increase from regulators for six months. “I wish I had done this differently,” said Eileen Simollardes, a vice president at Vermont Gas Systems.

    Lawmakers hear from both sides on energy siting policy

    energy siting

    Some say solar and wind projects harm Vermont’s aesthetic character, while others say giving towns more control would slow progress on greenhouse gas emissions.

    Hydro-Quebec looking south to new markets

    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Gov. Peter Shumlin discuss the relationship between Vermont and Quebec during a dinner ceremony at a energy conference in Burlington on Monday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Provincial officials who joined Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin at an energy conference say they need a conduit from Quebec’s huge power dams to energy-craving metropolitan centers in southern New England.

    Vermont, Quebec and N.Y. extend Lake Champlain agreement

    Vermont, New York and Quebec renewed an agreement Monday that is designed to protect Lake Champlain. The two states and Canadian province agreed to continue sharing research and to protect the lake from pollution and aquatic invasive species. The memorandum of understanding includes a new provision to improve flood resilience. Gov. Peter Shumlin said in […]

    Environmentalists say Shumlin is backing away from stringent water quality standards

    Chris Kilian

    The governor’s inaugural address highlighting water quality had environmentalists hopeful that farmers would be ordered to reduce manure runoff. But the ag agency has rejected a petition by the Conservation Law Foundation and opposed legislation that would require that.

    Dozens protest gas pipeline at Public Service Board’s office

    Pipeline opponents

    Huge cost increase estimates will unduly burden ratepayers and better energy alternatives are available, opponents say

    Property transfer tax increase eyed for lake cleanup

    Kim Greenwood Lauren Hierl

    Water quality bill with funding will get final approval Thursday before it goes to the House Appropriations Committee.

    Lawmakers drop bill allowing towns to regulate drinking water supplies

    Berlin Pond is the source of the Capital City's drinking water. It's accessibility for recreational uses has caused a rift between the city and town. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The bill received stiff opposition from the fishing and sporting community, as well as the Shumlin administration.

    Entergy ordered to pay $305,000 in overtime

    Vermont Yankee 2010

    A group of security guards win a federal labor lawsuit alleging the company stopped paying overtime when it moved its security operations in-house.

    Lawmakers scrap plan to fund recycling law a nickel at a time

    Creative Commons photo

    Proposal to impose a 5 cent fee on plastic bags and to collect the nickel deposit on unredeemed containers to help haulers prepare for universal recycling is scuttled.

    Broader toxic chemical rules tucked into health care bill

    Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden, said the state should invest in thermal efficiency programs during a news conference at the Main Street Landing train station in Burlington on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Language on toxics in children’s products brings back provisions struck last year that would allow the health commissioner to issue regulations without prior consent from an advisory panel.

    State concerned about future contamination at Vermont Yankee

    The dry cask storage units outside of the Vermont Yankee plant. Photo by Laura Frohn,

    Entergy has not committed to long-term monitoring of radioactive contamination at the nuclear power plant, which shut down in December.

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