Environment

VTDigger publishes stories about Vermont environmental issues, including water quality, toxic waste, climate change and biodiversity. Our environmental reporter is Mike Polhamus. He can be reached at [email protected]

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.

Shaftsbury residents get update on PFOA found in landfill

A test showed that PFOA was present in the landfill at a concentration of 25 parts per trillion, just above the state limit of 20 ppt. The town is testing wells within one quarter mile of the landfill and providing bottled water to those homes.

State: Shaftsbury must pay costs to provide bottled water and well tests for some

Editor’s note: This article by Edward Damon first appeared in the Bennington Banner on July 23, 2016. SHAFTSBURY — The town will pay to provide bottled water and well tests for some residents after a potentially harmful chemical was found at the old landfill. The state says the town is responsible for responding to PFOA […]

Saint-Gobain seeks lawsuit dismissal

Lawyers for Saint-Gobain last week filed a motion to dismiss or stay lawsuit proceedings because the company is already in litigation with Vermont over the state’s advisory standard.

PFOA found in old landfill in Shaftsbury

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published July 21, 2016. SHAFTSBURY — The state will provide bottled water and test private wells after the potentially harmful chemical PFOA was found at the town’s old landfill. Private well owners within a quarter-mile of the capped […]

Companies submit work plans for New York PFOA contamination

Saint-Gobain and Honeywell will sample soil and water from various sites in Hoosick Falls.

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.

Rutland, feds get more time to agree on how to heal brook

The EPA has told the city to make changes to its stormwater system at an estimated cost of $45 million. The city argues that re-engineering ponds through which Moon Brook flows would solve the problem.

Lake Champlain International to hold vigil

BURLINGTON – Sewage overflows into Lake Champlain have prompted a vigil for clean water. According to a press release from Lake Champlain International, there have been 84 waste dumps into the lake since the beginning of the year. The waste includes human sewage, the release stated, which allows harmful bacteria and metals into the water […]

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.

Officials: Rainbow Family members cleaning forest area

At the peak of the festivities in the Green Mountain National Forest on July 4, a little over 10,000 people were there, the U.S. Forest Service estimated. It estimated 289 members remained Tuesday.

Feds weigh Vermont Yankee water shipment options

VERNON – Federal regulators say they have not yet decided whether to allow a second company to accept contaminated water from the shut-down Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Plant owner Entergy already is using Utah-based EnergySolutions to dispose of the water, which contains low levels of radioactivity. Additionally, Entergy has requested Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval to […]

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.