Friday, May 7, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, May 7, 2010

Photo: Hydro-Quebec courtesy of Natural Resources Canada

Sabin's Pasture plan on 'hiatus': Times Argus Online
long-planned, comprehensive proposal for the development of Sabin's Pasture in Montpelier has fallen through for the time being — if not for good – leaving the future of the 100-acre parcel in question. The undeveloped pasture, located off Barre Street, a modest walk from downtown and the state capitol, has been at the center of a much-publicized plan that involved the landowners, the city of Montpelier and the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation group.
Home renovators alert: House passes Caulkers bill -
Homeowners could collect thousands of dollars in Cash for Caulkers rebates for renovating their homes with better insulation and energy-saving windows and doors under a new economic stimulus bill the House passed Thursday. The Home Star bill, passed 246-161, would authorize $6 billion over two years for a program that supporters — mostly Democrats — said would have the added benefits of invigorating the slumping construction industry and making the earth a little cleaner.
Vermont Senate backs Hydro-Quebec renewable-energy status | The Burlington Free Press
The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to back a bill that grants Hydro-Quebec status as a renewable-energy source, a move supporters say will give Vermonters a better deal on power but that environmentalists contend will discourage creation of new renewable energy.
Lyndon still waiting on energy project grant - The Critic
A grant aimed at funding a faculty-student alternative energy project on the Lyndon campus has not materialized a half year after it was first promised. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced the $32,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy last November while on the LSC campus. Since then the delivery of the funds has been halted due in part to issues between the State of Vermont and the DOE in Washington.
EPA revisits Williston’s toxic underground ‘plume’ | The Burlington Free Press
Twenty-five years after state investigators found evidence of a toxic waste “plume” 30 feet below parts of Williston, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an aggressive, new investigation to track and — if possible — slow its spread. Industrial-grade degreasing solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) present a moving target for regulators, said Karen Lumino, the EPA’s project manager for the Superfund site; a thorough cleanup is “virtually impossible.”