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The Vermont Natural Resources Council, a nonprofit environmental group, has hired Jon Groveman, the chair of the Natural Resources Board. At the board, Groveman administered the state’s land use regulatory program, Act 250. He previously worked at VNRC as the organization’s general counsel and water program director. Groveman will direct VNRC’s Policy and Water Program. […]
Rutland alone had more than 30 discharges of untreated wastewater last year, according to Lake Champlain International. But towns and the state say it’s no simple matter to make the expensive system upgrades that are needed.
The renewable energy critic had been accused by a lawyer of practicing law without a license. But the attorney general’s office left room for the various forms of advocacy practiced today.
Annette Smith’s lawyer argues that citizens can sue anyone acting in an official state capacity to deprive them of constitutional rights such as free speech. She is being investigated on suspicion of the unauthorized practice of law.
Agency officials say the rules will force farmers in the Missisquoi Bay watershed to better manage manure to prevent runoff that has been tied to phosphorus pollution and toxic blue-green algae blooms in Lake Champlain.
The chemicals called neonicotinoids have been implicated in dramatic bee die-offs over recent decades as their use has increased. But defenders say the pesticides are better than the alternatives.
Household batteries can now be dropped off for free at more than 100 locations, thanks to a new law that puts recycling responsibility in the hands of manufacturers. Under Act 139, manufacturers that want to sell batteries in Vermont must create drop-off locations and outreach programs for consumers, and report back to the Agency of […]
Experts say agricultural practices in Franklin County are the likely cause of ‘intersex’ smallmouth bass fish.
The MOU asked the Act 250 commission to “consider whether to enter sanctions” against any party that might violate a confidentiality agreement. The commission flatly denied the request.
The EPA puts the figure at $30 million a year, but the state and environmental advocates say it’s really $156 million. Nor is there agreement on how much should come from businesses and how much from the public.
The attorney general’s office is investigating whether Smith practiced law without a license.
The bill would give state authorities the power to extend protections currently reserved for threatened and endangered species to the habitat on which those species depend — or once did.
The state’s new tactical basin plan for the West, Williams, Saxtons and lower Connecticut rivers includes a detailed assessment of the 700-square-mile area’s problems and a long list of solutions.