Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, May 25, 2010

Vt. seeking to learn if ash tree pest in state - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-
The Agency of Agriculture is trying to determine if an Asian beetle that threatens the state's ash trees has reached Vermont.

The agency has set out 480 traps in eight Vermont counties seeking to lure the invasive beetle that first turned up in Detroit in 2002. The pests have killed millions of ash trees in the Midwest and they have been found in Quebec, 17 miles south of Montreal.
Texas eyed for nuke-waste storage: Times Argus Online
Texas was all set to be part of an agreement with Vermont to dump nuclear waste in a remote region of the Lone Star state, and for the most part people living near the site were OK with it.

Now, though, that compact could mushroom to include waste from 36 other states, reinvigorating those who oppose the project to fight harder.

Environmentalists, geologists, the Texas League of Women Voters and others say the huge dumping ground will pollute groundwater and otherwise wreak havoc with the environment. The company that runs the site contends it'll be safe and many local residents applaud any expansion as a way to bring more jobs and prosperity to the West Texas scrubland.
The creation of Act 250 - Brattleboro Reformer
Bill Schmidt comments on the conception and implementation of Act 250.
Vermont court imposes $10,000 penalty on junkyard owner | Vermont Business Magazine
The Windsor County Superior Court has held John Hennessey of Chester, Vermont, liable for $10,000 in civil penalties for operating a junkyard without a license and violating the state’s Solid Waste Management Rules and Hazardous Waste Management Regulations.

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office requested penalties for these violations as part of an environmental enforcement action against Hennessey. The Court issued a judgment order following a hearing.
Power strips: Can the smart grid smarten up Vermont's energy choices? | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
Last week, a bunch of smart people started talking about how Vermonters can (or can't) pay for renewable energy. There also was a parallel discussion about how an ever-smarter electrical grid would raise (or lower) our utility bills.

Here now are short interviews with some of the panelists who spoke at the "Distributed Generation Northeast Conference," hosted by Renewable Energy Vermont at the Equinox Resort in Manchester. Distributed generation, you ask? Consider it a term for electricity that's produced closer to where we use it than it is now.
Vermont Law School - Press Releases
Marc Mihaly, Michael McCann, Mark Latham, Jackie Gardina and John Echeverria received tenure at Vermont Law School this year. Click here to find out more about them.
burlingtonfreepress.com | Burlington PluckPersona | The Burlington Free Press
In a county with shrinking open space -- and few farm fields that are left uncut long enough for bobolinks to nest successfully -- this field has been a safe haven for eight years. The hay was cut for a horse farm, but not until August after bobolink young had fledged and the birds were preparing for their 3,000-mile flight south to Bolivia and Argentina.
Federal government faces deadline to receive gift of 'spectacular' lakefront property in Vermont | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
Gil Livingston is racing the clock to win a once-in-a-lifetime prize for Vermont in the open space sweepstakes.

If the federal government acts by Sept. 1, the public will lay claim to 480 acres and a mile of undeveloped shoreline on Lake Memphremagog, a place made for hiking and bird hunting, fishing and boating.

If the deadline isn’t met, the land will be sold and very likely developed.
“This is a spectacular place. There are very few places in Vermont with this diversity of habitat and wildlife,” Livingston, president of the Vermont Land Trust, said last week on a visit to the property, known as Eagle Point.