Thursday, May 6, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, May 6, 2010

Photo credit to Glenn Russell, Free Press.

VPR News: Sanders Challenges NRC Head On Tritium
Two dozen nuclear power plants around the country have leaked radioactive tritium into groundwater. And now, a destroyed oil well is leaking oil into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. As VPR's Ross Sneyd reports, Senator Bernie Sanders says it's enough to demand new thinking on national energy policy.
Walmart Act 250 hearings conclude: Rutland Herald Online
The latest round of Act 250 hearings on the application to replace the town's Walmart with a store more than twice as large was wrapped up on Wednesday, but it remains unclear when the hearings will resume and the Act 250 commission will be able to make a decision.

The hearings were scheduled to take place on Wednesday and today, but the review of criteria, which included aesthetics and stormwater discharge, was wrapped up in one day of discussion at the TD Bank on Main Street in Bennington.
Clif Bar Recognizes Seven Ski Resorts for Eco Efforts
Seven ski resorts were recognized by Cliff Bar for their environmental efforts at the Annual Golden Eagle Awards, including six resorts from the U.S. The Excellence in Energy Conservation/Clean Energy went to Bolton Valley (Vermont). Bolton Valley became only the nation’s 2nd ski area, and Vermont’s first, to install its own wind turbine. The 121-foot-tall Northwind 100 Wind Turbine is now producing 300,000 kilowatt hours of power annually-about 1/8th of Bolton Valley’s total energy needs and an amount equivalent to the electricity consumed by 40 to 45 Vermont households.
VPR News: Raven Ridge Purchased By Nature Conservancy
A vast wildlife area where three towns converge has been purchased for preservation by the Nature Conservancy of Vermont. Raven Ridge covers 362 acres where the towns of Monkton, Charlotte, and Hinesburg intersect. The Nature Conservancy's Joan Allen says Raven Ridge supports a diverse habitat for wildlife.