Vermont will receive $63 million for water infrastructure in fiscal year 2022 from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday.
Council members voted 19-4 to approve the plan, which outlines pathways to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions requirements established through the Global Warming Solutions Act. The four “no” votes came from members of the Scott administration.
The state’s first Climate Action Plan, which will guide the state toward meeting required greenhouse gas emissions reductions, will be released on Wednesday.
Only 3% of Vermont’s forests are managed using passive rewilding, which allows the forest to reach old-growth status in the future.
Vermont environmentalists had hoped the state would join the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program, but the departure of Massachusetts and Connecticut has compromised their goals.
The Vermont court’s decision, which interprets the sweeping land use law differently from how it’s historically been applied, would make it easier for commercial and industrial developers to construct projects in towns with no existing land use regulations.
The lawsuit says the farmers are seeking damages for negligence, nuisance, trespass and consumer fraud.
The study builds on previous findings that the toxic chemicals can travel far through the air before leaching into groundwater.
While a range of possibilities would keep the reservoir intact, it’s also possible that the reservoir could eventually be drained.
The Vermont Youth Lobby gathered outside the Statehouse on Friday to demand more climate action, particularly to help those first affected by climate change.
The federal program aims to help organic producers overcome financial setbacks brought on by the pandemic, such as loss of markets, increased costs and labor shortages.
Besides being financially compensated, residents affected by a chemical contaminant also would undergo medical monitoring for certain diseases. The federal court still needs to approve the agreement.
“Climate change is here,” the policy director at UVM’s Gund Institute for Environment said. “It’s impacting communities across Vermont now, today. We can see that happening when we look at the data and the scientific evidence.”
An attorney for Misch argues that a Vermont law limiting high-capacity magazines violates the United States Constitution and says his related charges should be dismissed.