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]

Radon prompts concern at Leland & Gray school

Officials say there’s no immediate health risk at the school in Townshend, and they’re planning a remediation project. But they say radon testing should have happened years ago.

Nearing 50th birthday, Act 250 may get a facelift

A bill calls for a study to consider changes to the land use law “in light of current science and research and issues that have emerged … such as climate change.”

Spending plan for $18M in Volkswagen money stalls out

Legislation calls for spending the money in part to boost electric vehicles, but the bill failed to emerge from committee in time.

Fight over Montpelier’s water is a matter of principles

The Legislature is being asked to decide whether any potential risk to the water supply outweighs the values represented by access to state waters.

Three Pownal sites in running to replace tainted water source

As officials prepare to tour the sites Thursday, one person questioned whether a new well would provide the same capacity as the one contaminated with PFOA.

Police tell motorists to stay off the road as Vermont-wide blizzard intensifies

State police say drivers involved in slide-offs will not be allowed to tow vehicles for the time being due to road conditions. Removal will be arranged when roads are safe.

Snowstorm closes state offices, others

State offices are closing at noon, Green Mountain Transit is shutting down commuter routes early, and numerous other services and offices are closing as a major snowstorm blankets the area.

UPDATED: Snow accumulation could hit 26 inches

Blizzard conditions are predicted for western side of the state.

A foot to 18 inches of snow predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state of Vermont.

Bennington residents say Scott administration is slow to release PFOA updates

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson heard concerns that the Scott administration does not seem as committed as the former Shumlin administration to resolving the problem.

Deen leaving longtime river advocacy post

State Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, is retiring this month from the Connecticut River Watershed Council after working almost 19 years as a river steward. Deen said he wants to devote more attention to his legislative work.

New toxic chemical regulations would make companies fully liable for harm from contamination

New legislation would require well testing and create a statewide, electronic registry requiring industries to list the harmful chemicals they use.

Leahy: Trump cuts jeopardize funding for Lake Champlain clean up

According to a document from the National Association of Clean Air Agencies obtained by VTDigger, the White House is recommending a 30 percent reduction in EPA grants to states, while agency staff would be cut by 20 percent. VIDEO

ANR secretary gets earful in Brattleboro

Concerns about environmental permitting and Act 250 land-use regulations dominated state Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore’s “listening tour” stop Thursday in Brattleboro. Moore said state officials are looking for ways to make the process more user-friendly.