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Proposal would change environmental permit process

David Mears

-+*Provision would make it more difficult for opponents of certain projects to raise objections during appeal, but aims would to address objections earlier in process.

State report highlights shrinking forests

Michael Snyder

-+*Since 2007, the state has lost about 75,000 acres of forest. Housing development and rural sprawl are mostly to blame.

Senate Natural Resources approves water quality bill

Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange, at a forum Tuesday in Randolph. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

-+*Plan raises $10.2 million for a new Clean Water Fund through permit and registration fees and a flat $25 annual tax on all property owners, known as a per parcel fee.

Senate votes to recognize man-made climate change

Brian Campion

-+*Senate votes 23-5 that climate change is real and that humans are mostly responsible. Opponents say the resolution is “meaningless.”

State says dam safety too often unchecked

Montpelier No. 4 dam

-+*The Department of Environmental Conservation wants to require registration, increase fees and bolster dam inspection program.

Lawmakers bag bag tax

Creative Commons photo

-+*Retailers oppose mandate but environmental advocates say voluntary measures to reduce bag use aren’t working.

Cloud, Courtney named to state Natural Resources Board

-+*St. Albans City Manager Dominic Cloud was named Thursday to a seat on the state’s Act 250 administration panel. Elizabeth Courtney was named as an alternate member, according to a news release from Gov. Peter Shumlin’s office. Cloud will serve on the state Natural Resources Board, a five member panel that meets monthly to address […]

Green businesses press for carbon tax

Jen Kimmich

-+*Fuel dealers and manufacturers say the tax could drive businesses out of the state.

Senate committee passes resolution affirming climate change

Climate March in New York City, Sept. 21, 2014. Photo by Don Hooper

-+*Lawmakers acknowledged that climate change is real and human-caused in a resolution that also calls to reduce Vermont’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Legislative redux: Water quality bill with $8 million in new revenue clears House

David Deen

-+*Full analysis of the House plan to curb pollution runoff from farms, roads and developed areas.

New Waterbury rules strive to protect from future floods

A bucket loader leaves a wake along Route 2 in Waterbury. VTD/Josh Larkin

-+*Extensively damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, Waterbury is crafting new rules aimed to minimize flooding but not impede development.

House GOP may offer changes in lake cleanup bill

Lake Champlain algae bloom

-+*A bill to raise money for cleaning up the state’s polluted waterways hits the House floor next week, where Republicans may challenge a proposed increase in the property transfer tax.

Vermont, Quebec and N.Y. extend Lake Champlain agreement

-+*Vermont, New York and Quebec renewed an agreement Monday that is designed to protect Lake Champlain. The two states and Canadian province agreed to continue sharing research and to protect the lake from pollution and aquatic invasive species. The memorandum of understanding includes a new provision to improve flood resilience. Gov. Peter Shumlin said in […]

Environmentalists say Shumlin is backing away from stringent water quality standards

Chris Kilian

-+*The governor’s inaugural address highlighting water quality had environmentalists hopeful that farmers would be ordered to reduce manure runoff. But the ag agency has rejected a petition by the Conservation Law Foundation and opposed legislation that would require that.

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