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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    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.

    New rules for small farms criticized as costly and overbroad

    The rules are meant to better protect Lake Champlain from pollution. But they will shorten some Vermont farmers’ growing season by more than a week, an agriculture consultant said at a public hearing in St. Albans.

    McKibben hails states’ efforts to go after Exxon Mobil

    At a rally in Burlington, Bill McKibben praised the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general for having “bravely” launched investigations into whether Exxon Mobil deceived its investors about climate change.

    Yankee owner cleared to put more casks of spent fuel on site

    The Public Service Board said a second spent fuel pad won’t hurt the environment and will promote the state’s general good by hastening the transfer of spent nuclear fuel from the pools in which it now sits.

    Data breach in Fish and Wildlife license system is called limited

    The digital intruders probably took names, addresses or other information of people who bought licenses but are not believed to have gotten usable bank card information, officials say. The attacks are thought to have been against the servers of a vendor.

    EPA releases final regulations for Lake Champlain cleanup

    The EPA’s announcement gives Vermont the green light to begin clean up efforts.

    Protesters disrupt PSB hearing related to paying for pipeline

    Vermont Gas Systems wants to use two-thirds of a $21 million ratepayer fund to temporarily limit the expected rate increases customers will pay to cover $134 million of the cost of the controversial pipeline.

    With key town support, Lake Champlain power line seeks permits

    The New York Public Service Commission denied the application because it wants more information. New Haven’s Selectboard and some residents have come out in favor of the project after winning more compensation for the town.

    Shumlin signs renewable energy siting bill into law

    Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law Monday that proponents say will impose tougher sound standards on wind turbines and give towns a greater say over where renewable projects are built. Shumlin signed the bill at the Addison County Regional Planning Commission office in Middlebury, in a county where a number of large-scale energy […]

    Urine fertilizer could save energy and water

    A Brattleboro company is studying whether mixing in urine can save on fertilizer costs.

    Full day of maneuvering yields new energy siting bill

    In a showdown with House Speaker Shap Smith, GOP leaders declined to see if he was bluffing. After nearly 12 hours of maneuvering, they yielded to the inevitable, and the replacement legislation got its vote.

    Clearinghouse will match building owners with energy incentives

    The program was created by an industry group representing energy efficiency contractors. Available funding includes payments of $5,000 for eligible customers in the former Central Vermont Public Service Corp. territory.

    House Republican leader says he’ll block changes to renewable energy siting bill

    House minority leader Don Turner says lawmakers should leave the bill as is and override the governor’s veto.