Mike Polhamus

Mike Polhamus

Mike Polhamus writes about energy and the environment for VTDigger. He formerly covered Teton County and the state of Wyoming for the Jackson Hole News & Guide, in Jackson, Wyoming. He now lives in Waterbury. Polhamus studied at Southwestern Oregon Community College, University of Oxford and Sarah Lawrence College. His research has been commissioned on a variety of topics such as malnutrition and HIV, economic development, and Plato’s Phaedo. Polhamus hails originally from the state of Oregon.

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    Blood tests find five times average level of PFOA, state says

    The testing involved 477 people whose private drinking water has been contaminated with PFOA or who lived near or worked at the former Chemfab site in Bennington that is considered the source of the chemical.

    Swanton panel accused of violating open meetings law

    The revisions concern wording meant to prevent development of a wind farm on a nearby ridge, on property owned by Travis and Ashley Belisle.

    Vermont Gas unfazed by latest obstacles

    Company officials are investigating the destruction of a rare sunflower along the pipeline and are submitting a justification for omitting wetlands from a permit application. The Public Service Board has barred public participation in an upcoming hearing.

    Environmental groups oppose Swanton dam

    Trout Unlimited, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, The Nature Conservancy and Lake Champlain International say the dam will damage fish habitat.

    Dam removal hobbled by question of former official’s words

    State biologists have said the dam in Craftsbury needs to come down. But a now-retired state official told the man who built the dam that he could do so without obtaining permits, an attorney for the man said recently.

    State frustrated with Swanton’s inaction on leaky dam

    The Department of Fish and Wildlife has for four years urged Swanton managers to fix the sluice gate, after a small section of the Missisquoi River below the dam dried out and a number of fish died, including some that are endangered.

    Bill undoing Vermont’s GMO labeling law goes to Obama

    Instead of a label identifying genetically engineered ingredients — as Vermont had required in its law that went into effect July 1 — the bill allows food processors to print a toll-free number or a digital code on labels that consumers can use to get more information.

    PFOA found in groundwater at GlobalFoundries, Champlain Cable plants

    Tests showed PFOA levels of up to 7,200 parts per trillion at Champlain Cable — 360 times the 20 parts per trillion maximum concentration allowed by state law.

    UPDATED: Vermont Gas faces possible work stoppage, sanctions over permit

    The company and its opponents disagreed Friday over whether the issue of alleged permit violations, even if resolved in the company’s favor, could sink the $166 million pipeline project through delays.

    Poll finds support for carbon tax, other climate change steps

    The poll also asked likely voters which candidate they planned to back in the gubernatorial primaries.

    Renewable energy advocates oppose proposed net metering rules

    Customers who feed solar power back into the grid would be required to pay customer service charges.

    Despite potential roadblocks, GMO labeling law set to go into effect Friday

    Some Coke products could be temporarily unavailable.

    Court clears way for first phase of Killington Resort expansion

    In a long-awaited decision, the court said this first stage — nearly three dozen homes and 200 condos, plus a base lodge and commercial buildings — will actually improve water quality in nearby Roaring Brook.

    Public comment on turbine wind noise standards due Monday

    Critics hoped to retain language that would have declared a public health emergency over wind turbines noise, but wind advocates say there is no good evidence supporting claims that the sound endanger human health.