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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    GMO labeling rules concern Vermont retailers

    Under Vermont's GMO labeling law, Retailers would be responsible for labeling unpackaged foods, such as bulk and prepared foods. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Food manufacturers are waging a legal battle against Vermont’s GMO labeling law, but some retailers worry that the law will affect them more than expected. They will be responsible for labeling unpackaged foods, including produce, bulk foods, and prepared foods. Enforcement rules are still being written by the Attorney General’s office.

    GMP cleared to restore Otter Creek power dams

    Federal energy regulators extended Green Mountain Power’s license for three hydroelectric dams along the Otter Creek last week. The new 40-year license for the Otter Creek project allows the state’s largest utility to upgrade the dams and generate up to 22.8 megawatts of renewable power, up from the previous 14.4 MW, according to the regulatory […]

    Graniteville landowners oppose two Rock of Ages plants

    Rock crushing operations near Rock of Ages in Barre Town. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Two relatively new facilities at Rock of Ages have sparked complaints about noise, dust, and odors. A company attorney says there’s no evidence of medical harm; but some neighbors are pursuing appeals of the plant’s operating permits.

    Report: Vermont ranks high on energy efficiency

    Vermont ranked third in a national survey on how states are improving energy efficiency, an improvement from its showing the previous year. The Washington, D.C.-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its eighth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard last week. It ranks states on utility and public benefits programs and policies, transportation policies, […]

    VT Gas President and CEO to retire

    Don Gilbert will be succeeded by Donald J. Rendall, vice president of strategic planning for Green Mountain Power.

    Photo slideshow: Demonstrators occupy Pavilion

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    64 demonstrators were issued trespassing citations for occupying the Pavilion office building in Montpelier on Monday. About 200 protesters converged on the Statehouse in opposition of a natural gas pipeline project in Addison County.

    VT Gas pipeline protesters occupy governor’s office

    Protesters marched into the Pavilion in Montpelier on Monday to protest the Vermont Gas pipeline.

    Environmental groups press Shumlin to reverse position on VT Gas projects.

    Lawmakers to revisit fossil fuel divestment

    Sen. Anthony Pollina, file photo by Josh Larkin.

    In 2014, a bid to divest state retirement funds from fossil fuel industries failed in the legislature. Activists plan a new push in the new year, and one state senator promises to reintroduce divestment legislation. State Treasurer Beth Pearce opposes the move, saying she prefers to have “a seat at the table” with the industry.

    A call for action on Vermont endangered species

    Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, gave the keynote address at the a symposium to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act at the ECHO Center in Burlington on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    At a forum celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, experts said that some progress has been made, but new threats must be addressed. Chief among them are climate change and forest fragmentation.

    Public responds to proposed GMO labeling rules

    Products containing genetically modified ingredients would have to disclose that information on the back of the package near the nutritional facts under Vermont’s bill. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The Attorney General’s Office is taking comments on rules that will govern the labeling of food products that contain genetically modified ingredients.

    State rejects ban on motors at Wolcott Pond

    Boats with small motors can continue to use Wolcott Pond, the state's Department of Environmental Conservation ruled Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Vermont Fish and Wildlife photo

    Petitioners claim 5 mph speed limit was not being enforced, but the Department of Environmental Conservation elects to permit small motors and improve signage and enforcement.

    Regulators fine GMP for wind project noise violations

    Anti-GMP signs are outside a house at the foot of the access road leading to the turbine site. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

    The utility will shoulder the cost of a continuous sound-monitoring program at the wind farm on Lowell Mountain.

    Vermont utilities could lose millions of dollars in energy credits

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    The Vermont Legislature looks to set a renewable portfolio standard that would establish by law how much electricity generated from wind, solar and other renewable resources utilities must sell to customers.

    Entergy pegs decommissioning cost at $1.24B

    Spent fuel rod storage containers, at Entergy Vermont Yankee. File photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer

    Entergy releases its plan for removing the Vernon nuclear power plant, which calls for a SAFSTOR process that would have the plant sit idle for at least 25 years. State officials had hoped for 10 or 15 years.

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