Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, May 4, 2010

VPR News: Change To Current Use Program Stirs Debate
The Senate has approved legislation that supporters say will help put the state's Current Use program on solid financial ground. One section of the bill changes the penalties for landowners who take their property out of the program. And as VPR's Bob Kinzel reports, the proposed change has set off a heated debate.
Peter Welch: Home Star energy bill good for Vermont | The Burlington Free Press
Vermont's lone representative to the U.S. House said a bill designed to make homes more energy efficient would help create jobs. Democratic Rep. Peter Welch said the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act being considered by Congress would create 170,000 jobs nationally in construction, retail and manufacturing.
VPR News: VPR's John Dillon On Vermont's Wind Development Policy
A decision by developers to shelve a large wind project in Ira and news that a major wind project near Cape Cod will move ahead has renewed criticism of the way Vermont is handling applications for wind development. VPR's Jane Lindholm talks with reporter John Dillon about those complaints, where Vermont stands in relation to other northeastern states, and what policy changes might be in the offing.
State report: Vt. Yankee not doing enough to prevent leaks - WCAX.COM
A new report questions whether the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is getting enough preventive maintenance to stave off more radioactive leaks. The Public Service Department released the report, conducted for the state by a consulting firm, on Friday. It credits Vermont Yankee employees for a quick response to the tritium leaks. However it also says the plant needs to pay close attention to the possibility of future leaks and needs to spend more money on prevention.