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]

Environmentalists call on Sorrell to investigate Exxon Mobil

The activists are also renewing the push for Vermont to divest the state retirement funds of fossil fuel company investments.

Feds move closer to Vermont on limiting PFOA in water

The EPA said research indicates that exposure above certain levels may result in low birth weight or birth defects; testicular and kidney cancer; liver damage; effects on the immune system and thyroid; and other harm.

Jay Peak promises fix after flunking water quality agreement

Four waterways the resort was supposed to remediate are not meeting the standards agreed to in a settlement with the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont Law School.

Governor issues first 2016 veto

The governor vetoed H.518, which would have expanded membership of the Clean Water Fund Board.

EPA top administrator heralds brownfield cleanup grants

State, EPA officials announce $800,000 in brownfield assessment grants for Vermont

Agency adjusts scope of proposed farm inspection rule

The state will require small farms to follow the same management practices currently required of medium- and large-sized Vermont farms. But in finalizing its proposal for new rules, the agency has narrowed one definition of farms that must undergo annual compliance checks.

Shooting of hungry bear called sign of tough spring

Thetford’s animal control officer said in April and May he received numerous calls from residents about bears in town killing livestock and getting a little too close for comfort.

Legislative wrap: Energy and Environment

New laws protect habitat, establish penalties for illegal logging, require new licenses for loggers and expand the list of chemicals tested in water supplies.

GMO labeling law provision to be delayed

Language in the budget postpones a part of the GMO labeling law that allows Vermonters to take private civil action.

Residents sue firms for at least $5 million over tainted water

The class-action complaint accuses Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, and the company it purchased in 2000 called Chemfab, of negligence, battery, trespass and other violations.

37 more wells in Bennington test positive for PFOA

Another 37 wells in Bennington have tested positive for the carcinogen perfluorooctanoic acid, state officials said Tuesday. The Department of Environmental Conservation tested the wells after monitoring wells near the Bennington Landfill revealed the chemical in groundwater at concentrations exceeding the state limit of 20 parts per trillion. Residents south of the Bennington Landfill who […]

Hermitage Club responds to Windham Regional Commission’s questions on master plan

Editor’s note: This article is by Chris Mays, of the Brattleboro Reformer, www.reformer.com, in which it was first published May 2, 2016. ILMINGTON — While waiting on another hearing date to be set up, the Hermitage Club responded to concerns about its master plan from the Windham Regional Commission. The Hermitage Club operates a private […]

Gore: We must be ‘caretakers for future generations’

Karenna Gore, daughter of the former vice president, spoke in Bennington at an All Species Day event and a fundraising event at Southern Vermont College.

Company linked to PFOA sues state over enforcement authority

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics claims that no science supports the Vermont toxicologist’s maximum recommended exposure limit for the chemical, which has been found in water in southwestern Vermont communities.