Mike Polhamus

Mike Polhamus

Mike Polhamus writes about energy and the environment for VTDigger. He formerly covered Teton County and the state of Wyoming for the Jackson Hole News & Guide, in Jackson, Wyoming. He now lives in Waterbury. Polhamus studied at Southwestern Oregon Community College, University of Oxford and Sarah Lawrence College. His research has been commissioned on a variety of topics such as malnutrition and HIV, economic development, and Plato’s Phaedo. Polhamus hails originally from the state of Oregon.

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    Barre man sought in shooting of former Frost Heaves player

    Markus Austin was the first player on the semi-professional basketball team, the Vermont Frost Heaves.

    Bill takes aim at controversial salt brine use on roads

    Transportation officials call the substance a key tool in keeping roads safe and say it isn’t harmful. Critics blame it for corrosion on cars and want it banned.

    Lawmakers urged to bring industrial toxins out of the shadows

    A working group the Legislature convened says the state needs to do far more to monitor the use of chemicals so it can protect residents.

    State treasurer: Property owners should pick up tab for Lake Champlain cleanup

    The state treasurer says the state needs to collect $25 million a year for 20 years from residential and commercial property owners.

    Report: DPS advocacy worth hundreds of millions to Vermont

    In addition, the attorney general’s office found “no evidence” that a close working relationship between the department and Green Mountain Power had compromised staffers’ ability to serve the public.

    Federal regulators review state inspections of Vermont Gas pipeline construction

    Pipeline opponents have alleged that electrical safety standards were not met.

    Environmental legislative preview: Lake cleanup and carbon tax

    Leaders say they’ll pursue reduction of phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain even though the state doesn’t know how much the Trump administration may help.

    Treasurer: State can afford two years of lake cleanup

    Beth Pearce says enough money is available from current revenues to cover the state’s share of the most urgent steps to cut pollution.

    Bill targets polluters for cost of solving PFOA contamination

    An advocacy group says the legislation could be leverage in the state’s negotiations with a company believed to be responsible for PFOA in Vermont water supplies.

    Scott hails solar firm as part of job-creating energy effort

    The governor reiterated his support for the state’s renewable energy goals during an event promoting a new type of solar installation.

    State pushes to reduce pipeline’s effect on gas rates

    Hearings on Vermont Gas Systems’ rates for the current year have concluded, but a ruling isn’t expected until March on whether to include certain contested costs.

    PSB effort to increase transparency hits a hurdle

    The time it’s taking to load documents to a new system means they aren’t available online in the meantime. But eventually the system will make far more information available, officials say.

    Year in Review: The top environmental stories of 2016

    Leading headlines this year were the legal battle over the Vermont Gas pipeline and congressional pre-emption of Vermont’s GMO labeling law.

    Middlebury College achieves carbon neutral status

    The college has significantly reduced the use of heating oil on campus.