Environment

VTDigger publishes stories about Vermont environmental issues, including water quality, toxic waste, climate change and biodiversity. Our environmental reporter is Mike Polhamus. He can be reached at [email protected]

Water line extensions, settlement updates on tap in Bennington

(This story is by Edward Damon of the Bennington Banner, in which it first appeared July 21, 2017.) BENNINGTON — State officials will update residents this week on plans to extend town water service to properties affected by PFOA contamination, legal negotiations with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, and the ongoing investigation into a former ChemFab Corp. […]

River protection is ‘everyone’s effort,’ says new steward

Kathy Urffer has been hired by the Connecticut River Conservancy as a river steward for Vermont and New Hampshire. She replaces longtime well-known steward David Deen, who retired.

Some object to Pownal initiative, call for town vote

The goal is to transform Pownal into a ‘climate smart’ community” with “efficiency efforts, transportation system improvements, renewable energy generation, entrepreneurship and business incubation to spur economic progress.

Scott’s new climate group aims to cut costs, promote business

The governor said he initially was skeptical about the need for a new commission, but concluded it might help develop a consensus on climate change and approaches to it.

After dredging, once-popular Townshend swim spot to reopen

The project is designed to restore public recreation opportunities at Townshend Dam. But some say it’s a short-term solution due to chronic sedimentation that has drastically reduced water levels.

Booming caterpillar population munches through forests

The outbreak can kill trees, meaning some lost output for sugarmakers or reduced value for timber producers. However, “the forest will bounce back from this,” says a state expert.

Weyerhaeuser settles tax fight with state for $375,000 over forest clear cuts

Loggers cut more trees than allowed on a parcel where the company got a tax break meant to protect forestlands. The settlement avoids a court ruling that could have cost Weyerhaeuser much more.

Pond rule change could favor lawyer’s power boat over rowers

“We’re in constant conflict with them,” Sarah George, a state’s attorney, said of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center rowers and scullers she hopes to restrict on a pond she uses.

State: Settlement over $650,000 site cleanup falls through

A judge is now being asked to determine how much the owner of a once-contaminated property in Rutland owes for the cleanup the state did on an emergency basis.

Vote on otter season extension postponed

A legislative committee will meet again on July 20th to discuss extending the otter season by a month.

Pownal water district trying backup site to replace tainted well

The preferred site is on the Green Mountain Race Track property, but another parcel that had been considered an alternative has seen recent test well activity.

Vermont Railway salt shed prevails in U.S. District Court

A local trucking company is the lead partner in the salt distribution center, the town argued, and is therefore not eligible for federal pre-emption rules that would exempt the company from state and local permitting requirements. Judge William Sessions rejected that argument.

Putnam Block remediation plan up for public comment

The report suggests how to deal with trichloroethene, or TCE, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon contamination at the Bennington site where a $54 million revitalization project is proposed.

Burlington gets $2.9 million grant for lead paint remediation

BURLINGTON — A $2.9 million federal grant for residential lead paint remediation is expected to pay for work at 162 older homes in Burlington and neighboring Winooski, according to officials. The grant was awarded to Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office, which will receive an additional $400,000 to leverage its lead program in order to […]