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]

Markowitz wins EPA lifetime achievement award

The EPA lauded Markowitz for improving morale and instituting key new programs. The award was given this month.

Pownal may finally gain access to large tract it owns

The town hopes to cut timber and create a recreation area on the land, but legal access has been in doubt. Now a forestry consultant has been researching deeds to surrounding properties.

Pioneer in exposure of PFOA issues speaks in Bennington

Attorney Rob Bilott said steps taken by states like Vermont have created pressure on the federal government to enact tougher standards and regulation for the suspected carcinogen.

Activists look for action after Scott defends Paris climate pact

He and the Massachusetts governor wrote to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, calling themselves “Republican Governors of states that have taken a leadership role in combating climate change.”

Lake Iroquois milfoil treatment unlikely this year

The first application of fluridone would have to be administered by the end of May and state officials say they need more time to respond to public comments.

Farm pollution documents to stay public, at least for now

Instead of exempting the nutrient management plans from Vermont’s public records law, legislators called for a study group.

Toxins bill dies after opposition from industry

The legislation, developed in the wake of drinking water contamination in Bennington County, would have required new wells to be tested for certain contaminants

State extends compost deadline for trash haulers

Vermont lawmakers are giving trash haulers an extra year to begin accepting food scraps and other compostable waste.

Agriculture Agency wants farm pollution documents to be secret

Environmentalists argue that Vermonters ought to be able to see how their money is being used to benefit Lake Champlain.

Bennington fined $15K for failure to maintain wastewater plant

(This story by Derek Carson was published in the Bennington Banner on May 9.) BENNINGTON — The state has fined the Town of Bennington $15,000 for failing to maintain its wastewater treatment plant. The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday that the “facility’s disrepair caused foul odors and several releases of partially treated wastewater into […]

Toxics bill up for third reading in the House

A bill that detractors say will allow regulators to cherry pick evidence in order to limit the sale of toxic or potentially toxic toys surprised many legislators by passing the second time Thursday through the state’s House chamber with a 93 to 52 vote. Supporters say the bill, S.103, will protect Vermonters from toxic and […]

Vernon wetland to receive more protection

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s upgrade of the Bear Gum Swamp’s wetland classification has some in Vernon worried about stricter restrictions on logging and trails.

House extends water cleanup funding, diverts $1M a year to housing

The bill extends a fee that funds Lake Champlain cleanup in perpetuity.

House passes bill aiming to keep forests together

A bill advanced through the House on Thursday that would have developers design projects to preserve as much as possible uninterrupted tracts of woods. Wildlife advocates say such areas are critical to the health of forests and the animal species living there. Critics say the bill, H.233, will hurt foresters and loggers while diminishing property […]