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Al Gore to speak at sold-out UVM event next week

Former Vice President Al Gore, who received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work addressing climate change, will present his solutions to addressing global warming at the University of Vermont next week. The sold-out event, entitled “The Climate Crisis and the Case for Hope,” is scheduled for Tuesday morning at UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel […]

State defines latest plan to improve northern Lake Champlain

DEC plan commits $19 million over three years for water quality improvements. Critics question the funding.

Environmentalists say Clinton’s late on Keystone pipeline stance

After hedging for months, Hillary Clinton took a stance last week on the controversial Keystone pipeline.

Agency: Randolph development doesn’t meet soil conservation requirement

A proposal to build a large development off Exit 4 in Randolph would need to conserve 110 acres of agricultural land, a state agency says, which is more than is available at the site.

Welch probes regulators on transparency, expediency with Vermont Yankee process

At a Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing Wednesday, Rep. Peter Welch drilled regulators about having more state and local input in Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning.

Cabot plant likely to continue spreading wastewater on nearby fields

Despite calls for a wastewater treatment plant, the creamery is expected to win an extension of its state permit to discharge 200,000 gallons a day of untreated liquid.

Group solicits local input on global issue of climate change

The Climate Change Economy Council launched a series of regional public forums this past week. But it spent much of its first listening session telling an audience of nearly 75 people just what it was — and wasn’t.

Missisquoi Bay farmers hit hard by new EPA phosphorus limits

Farmers in the Missisquoi Bay area will be expected to reduce their contribution to the lake’s phosphorus levels by 82.6 percent, according to figures from the EPA.

Rowley Fuels agrees to penalty for kerosene spill

Rowley Fuels agreed to pay $11,250 for a five-day cleanup in South Hero that involved demolition of a new bunkhouse, removal of 425 tons of contaminated soils and foundation to remove kerosene from the water.

Jay Peak fails to meet water quality targets in settlement with state, environmental group

Several streams near Jay Peak have not fully recovered in the past decade from water pollution caused by development runoff. The pollution is in part due to a wave of expansion at the ski resort that began in 2009.

Advocates skeptical of EPA pollution targets for Lake Champlain

“It relies on an enormous amount of assurances from the state, some of which they can’t really promise they can deliver at this point,” said James Ehlers, of Lake Champlain International.

Climate Change Economy Council seeks public input

A new Vermont Climate Change Economy Council — composed of two-dozen business, public policy and environmental leaders — is aiming to simultaneously grow the local “green” job market and crop global warming. To do so, it’s about to tour the state to ask a question: Any ideas?

EPA releases new pollution limits for Lake Champlain

Stephen Perkins, a project manager at the EPA’s Boston office, said it could take 10 to 15 years for the new standards to impact the overall water quality of the lake. The EPA is taking public comments on the plan through Sept. 15.

Burlington officials knew soil was likely contaminated prior to ‘stockpiling’ in Leddy Park

Soils the city moved from a waterfront brownfield and left exposed in Leddy Park were found to have various levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), lead, arsenic and total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), tests now show.

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