Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, April 22, 2010

New federal rules to reduce lead paint exposure take effect today, and it's expected to have a major impact in this region.
VPR News: Clean Energy Incentive Program Will Help Small Scale Energy Installations
Vermonters looking to install small scale solar or wind systems can get help from a state incentive program. The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund will provide $5.5 million in incentives to install the renewable energy systems. VPR's John Dillon has more.
Biomass plant proposed in Pownal | Bennington Banner
In addition to a proposed solar generating facility, the former Green Mountain Race Track site also might host a 29-megawatt biomass generation facility and wood pellet manufacturing plant. The announcement was made Wednesday by Peter Odierna, executive director of the Bennington County Industrial Corp., during the organization’s annual meeting at the Mount Anthony Country Club. Odierna said the property’s owners, Green Mountain Energy Park, LLC, formerly known as Progress Partners, has entered into a lease agreement that will allow the entity to begin filing for permits.
Obama uses executive power to reverse Bush environmental policies | The Burlington Free Press
For eight years, environmentalists cried foul as President George W. Bush used his executive power to weaken clean air and water regulations, open public lands to increased oil and gas drilling, and block action to fight climate change. Now, as Earth Day dawns, President Barack Obama is exercising that same authority to reverse course.
Climate change: Times Argus Online
The leading climate bill in the U.S. Senate may end up jettisoning some of the important gains of recent years without securing sufficient gains in the battle against climate change. For that reason, President Obama ought to consider issuing a veto threat as a way to say that action on climate change must be serious and unencumbered by corporate giveaways.
VPR News: Green Up Day Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Today is Earth Day, and an anniversary of sorts, as the first Earth Day was celebrated 40 years ago. It was also 40 years ago that Vermonters ventured out into their various communities to pick up trash and "Green Up" the state.