Mike Faher

Mike Faher

Mike Faher reports and writes for both VTDigger, and The Commons (commonsnews.org), a weekly newspaper based in Brattleboro covering Windham County. Faher has worked as a daily newspaper journalist for 16 years, most recently as lead reporter at the Brattleboro Reformer where he covered several towns and schools as well as the Vermont Legislature and Windham Superior Court. He previously worked for 13 years in his native Pennsylvania at The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

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    Nuclear advisory panel realignment stalls

    Senators balked at boosting Windham County’s legislative representation on the decommissioning panel. But the citizen panel’s chair says she’ll keep lobbying for changes.

    State supports confidentiality for documents in Yankee case

    Officials won’t object to NorthStar Group Services’ request to restrict public access to two Vermont Yankee decommissioning documents. But two organizations are protesting.

    Equal pay compact sees rapid expansion

    More than 125 employers have signed the Vermont Equal Pay Compact as advocates work to expand discussion of — and potential solutions for — the persistent gender pay gap.

    Nuclear regulators to appear in Brattleboro next week

    NRC members will hold sessions with the public and the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel regarding NorthStar Group Services’ plan for Vermont Yankee.

    Legislation boosts potential for remote medicine

    Lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at expanding telemedicine and mandating insurer reimbursement for such services. Supporters say it could increase health care access in rural areas.

    Alimony reform group sees progress with legislation

    Lawmakers approved a bill that includes new alimony guidelines and forms a task force to take a more in-depth look at the law. Vermont Alimony Reform has been pushing for that since 2015.

    Activists rail against Vermont Yankee waste plans

    Some dissenters, citing “environmental justice” concerns, are questioning the push to get the Vernon plant’s spent nuclear fuel out of Vermont.

    Lawmakers grant Vernon new Act 46 option

    Language in a bill approved last week by the Legislature allows Vernon to extricate itself from a regional educational union. That may break a logjam in merger talks.

    Yankee suitor: Public shouldn’t see ‘highly confidential’ plans

    NorthStar Group Services is asking for unusual protections for two documents related to decommissioning. But some people are raising concerns about transparency.

    Vermont Yankee money fuels clean energy projects

    More than $358,000 in grants will go toward renewable energy. The new program is funded by money Entergy has paid into the state’s Clean Energy Development Fund.

    Coalition wants state to reject parts of Vermont Yankee plan

    The New England Coalition claims the proposed buyer of the Vernon nuclear plant is trying to renege on previous orders issued by the state Public Service Board.

    Company’s departure spurs changes in grant program

    State officials want to make it easier to recoup Windham County Economic Development Program money that’s been paid to a company that later decides to leave or close its doors.

    Some predict trouble over rubble at Vermont Yankee

    The company hoping to buy the plant wants to reuse crushed concrete as fill at the site. The current owner pledged in 2013 not to do that, and a watchdog group likens it to creating a landfill.

    Host town formally backs Vermont Yankee sale

    The Vernon Selectboard wants the state to OK NorthStar Group Services’ purchase of the plant. The chairman says he’s confident in the company’s proposal and wary of “internet scientists” who question it.