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]

Scott says he’s found right person for DEC chief at last

She’s Emily Boedecker, most recently of the nonprofit group Local Motion. The governor also filled a job that remained open at the Public Service Department.

Supporters of ‘green burials’ seek change in law

The measure would permit burials at a depth of at least 3½ feet, compared with the current 5-foot state requirement.

FAA offers few solutions for F-35 noise mitigation in South Burlington

The odds of the FAA funding a sound wall are slim. In order to be effective, a wall would need to be up to 60 feet tall.

PFOA remediation bill clears Senate, heads to House

A House member said the bill has wide support in that chamber and is likely to pass soon. It requires payment from companies found to have released the chemical.

Saint-Gobain issues summonses to Vermonters who commented on PFOA standards

The company has issued summonses to residents in Bennington County who commented on proposed PFOA regulation.

Legislation aims to restart carbon-pricing discussion

The bill would authorize the governor to enter into a cap-and-trade program. It’s a different approach from the carbon tax that stalled last year.

Bills seek to limit disposable plastic bags

One piece of legislation would ban retailers from providing them, while the other would impose a 10-cent fee for each bag.

Contract awarded in search for new Pownal water source

State officials have said identifying, testing and approving a new well for a public water system usually takes a year to 18 months. The current well is contaminated with PFOA.

Nature Conservancy donates parcel for affordable housing

The conservation group says it found a site at the edge of its newly expanded North Pownal natural area that is suitable for a Habitat for Humanity home.

Senators hear from residents about life with PFOA

On a visit to Bennington, committee members were told of the financial and emotional fallout of dealing with contaminated water. “My home is not sellable. It has zero value,” one man said.

Report: Vermonters could reduce trash by half

Vermonters throw away nearly 400,000 tons of refuse each year.

Scott administration to plan for water line in Bennington County

The state is negotiating with Saint-Gobain for a settlement that would cover the cost of extending the water line to residents. If talks fail, the plan will be used to sue the company for the $30 million in construction costs.

Senate committee to meet in Bennington on PFOA issues

BENNINGTON — The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee will meet in Bennington on Jan. 31 to hear comments on proposed legislation dealing with PFOA and other industrial pollution issues. Sen. Brian Campion, D-Bennington, vice chairman of the committee, said he asked his colleagues to travel to Bennington to hear from residents affected by PFOA […]

Army Corps, others digging for answers on Townshend Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will remove sediment to encourage more public recreation at Townshend Lake, which is filling with silt. The corps also is developing a longer-term plan.