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]

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.

New phase of PCB contamination monitoring around Bennington Superfund site

New testing and monitoring will determine whether there has been further migration of the toxic chemical in water and soils.

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.

State to brief public on PFOA test results and implications

The Jan. 26 meeting in Bennington will include information on how people were exposed to the contaminant and whether any links to health problems have been found.

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.

Vermonters protest Trump nominees’ climate change stances

“Here in Vermont I’m not too concerned” about any need to pressure the state’s U.S. senators to oppose nominees, said one protester. “But we are standing in solidarity on what is a global issue.”

Tests zeroing in on areas of PFOA contamination

The EPA is set to do more sampling in Pownal, while recent results from North Pownal show a pattern of contamination at sites linked to a former tannery.

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.

Bennington Guard armory being cleaned of lead contamination

The work should ease some concerns on the part of the town as it continues to consider acquiring the facility.

Judge denies motion to dismiss PFOA lawsuit

(Editor’s note: This article by Derek Carson was published in the Bennington Banner on Jan. 29, 2016.) BENNINGTON — A Vermont judge has denied Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ motion to dismiss or stay a class action lawsuit filed over PFOA contamination. The suit was filed in May by residents of Bennington and North Bennington for $5 […]

USFWS looks to quadruple size of wildlife refuge over the coming decades

The feds want to expand holdings along the Connecticut River watershed in four states.

Specialists help Bennington College prepare potentially explosive material for disposal

The substance involved was Dipicrylamine, which is described as a yellow dye in powder form.

Environmentalists ally with fuel seller in challenging ANR

The Conservation Law Foundation wants to join the fight over planned changes at Exit 16 in Colchester. The issue is water pollution, although some say it’s a proxy war over business competition.