Environment

In rare cases, utility poles are a source of PCP contamination in drinking water

Nearly all of the 600,000 utility poles in Vermont have been treated with the wood preservative PCP, which can cause a wide range of health problems to people exposed to it.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The state’s call for an investigation came shortly after natural gas pipeline opponents warned that construction of Vermont Gas’ 41-mile pipeline extension through Addison County could release the toxic chemical into nearby resident’s water supplies.

Top ANR official calls for streamlined permit process

Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears presented the state’s final proposal to clean up Lake Champlain on Thursday in the governor’s conference room. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

David Mears, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, said there should be more public involvement in the early stages of a permit review process and an expedited appeal process for concerns raised after a permit decision is issued.

Montpelier officials unhappy with Berlin Pond ruling

Berlin Pond is the source of the Capital City's drinking water. It's accessibility for recreational uses has caused a rift between the city and town. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The state on Thursday banned motorized vehicles on the source of the city’s drinking water but allowed other recreational uses.

Burlington auto shop owner to pay $70,000 in hazardous waste settlement

Owners of a former auto shop near the Winooski River in Burlington agreed this week to pay $70,000 to settle claims that it violated state environmental regulations for hazardous waste disposal and storage. Members of Burlington’s Handy family admitted to violating 11 of the state’s hazardous waste management rules. A Washington Superior Court judge approved […]

Vermont’s land trusts see post-recession rebound

Johnson Farm map

With 613,971 conserved acres, Vermont is No. 8 in the nation for land protected through nonprofit land trusts.

Farmers say water quality rules are too onerous

Richard Longway of Swanton co-owns a dairy farm. He testified during a public hearing in St. Albans on a petition that would put in place new regulations on farm practices.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

New regulations would require buffers, cover crops and fencing.

State launches map of recycling, compost facilities

A map released by the Agency of Natural Resources on Thursday is designed to make recycling and composting easier under Vermont’s new mandatory recycling law. The map includes the locations of a wide range of facilities that process food waste, recyclables, compost and trash. The map was created to help residents and businesses coordinate services […]

FEMA won’t fund culvert plan for Vermont roads washed out by Irene

Floodwaters from Irene tore away sections of roadway on Route 100. such as this section in Lower Granville. VTD/Josh Larkin

State wants to use FEMA money to upgrade culverts and take other storm-damage prevention measures, but the change was not included in an early set of goals by the president.

Private nudist campground in Sheldon docked $28,750

A communal campground for nudists reached a $28,750 settlement with the state over environmental violations, the Agency of Natural Resources announced Monday. Maple Glen’s 300-acre campground in Sheldon includes an in-ground heated pool, a hot tub, RV hook-up sites with a water tap, sewer access, a communal fire pit, recreational courts, a golf course and […]

Development pressures highlighted in impaired waterways report

Big Spruce Brook, a small, coldwater stream draining the area near Stowe Mountain Resort, has been restored in its upper section, but the lower section is polluted. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Snowmelt and other causes of sediment loading have damaged aquatic life in streams flowing from the mountains.

Lakeshore development law takes effect Tuesday

Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in New York as seen from the waterfront in Burlington. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

A permit is required for certain activities within a protected area of the shoreline, such as expanding existing buildings, driveways, lawns, and the overall impervious footprint of shoreline properties.

Invasive spiny water flea found near Lake Champlain

A mass of spiny water fleas foul up line on a fishing rod. Photo courtesy of LCI

The fast-spreading spiny water flea, which can disrupt the lake’s food chain and biodiversity, has been found in the Glen Falls Feeder Canal, according to a research institute.

State OKs plan for southern Lake Champlain water quality management

The Agency of Natural Resources on Thursday approved the Southern Lake Champlain Tactical Basin water quality management plan. The plan, which covers the Poultney and Mettowee Rivers and the Lower Champlain Direct tributaries, is designed to study the current health of the southern portion of the lake and determine how to improve its water quality. […]

CLF petitions state for increased regulations for stormwater runoff

A vegetative strip divides the parking lot at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Conservation Law Foundation is asking the state to require commercial, industrial and institutional property owners to obtain permits that would limit the amount of pollution flowing off their properties.

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