The state has returned to cooler temperatures and broke records for snowfall after a late winter storm.
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‘They did not call me’: High amount of E.coli detected in the Missisquoi River, but lab didn’t say so for weeks, plant operator says
Alarmingly high levels of E.coli were found in an early February sample from a small town wastewater facility outflow into the Missisquoi River, but local officials say the testing lab didn’t tell them until weeks later.
Climate Council’s equity group reflects on accusations of tokenism, barriers to better representation
A subcommittee member led others through an exercise that put a fine point on the demographic makeup of the Climate Council’s Just Transitions subcommittee. It’s charged with protecting Vermont’s most vulnerable communities while Vermont transitions through climate-focused changes.
Climate activists gather in Burlington to protest Chase Bank’s fossil fuel ties
The demonstration was part of a nationwide movement aimed at diverting big banks away from fossil fuels and toward an improved climate.
Burlington emergency vet sees uptick in respiratory illness in dogs
The illness has circulated around New England, but veterinarians still aren’t sure what’s causing it.
Stakeholders debate controversial bill to ban chemical treatments for aquatic nuisances
The bill is unlikely to pass out of the House Environment and Energy Committee in its current form.
The EPA has proposed new drinking water standards for ‘forever chemicals.’ What does that mean for Vermont?
As many as 60 of Vermont’s roughly 700 public drinking water systems have detectable levels of PFAS that are below the state’s current standard but could be above a new national standard, according to state officials.
Winter storm sweeps through Vermont, causing power outages, road closures and collisions
According to the National Weather Service, the storm is expected to deposit over a foot of snow in some southern towns and up to 11 inches in northern counties.
Tensions high at Hinesburg meeting over contaminated drinking water
High levels poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances — or PFAS — were found in the drinking water of two more residential homes last month, about two years after the town and state first discovered two wells serving a private residence and the town garage had high levels of methylene chloride and PFAS.
Shaftsbury officials hope a new energy plan will give them more sway amid debate over solar siting
“The size of this project was kind of an eye opener,” said Dave Kiernan, Shaftsbury’s town administrator. “We just need to have the ability to have a stronger voice when these projects come up.”