Friday, June 11, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, June 11, 2010

VTrans weighs in on Rivers' quarry decision; neighbors, town file motions - The Valley Reporter
Opponents of the proposed Rivers' quarry on Route 100B in Moretown filed their own responses to Rivers' request that the Vermont Environmental Court alter its decision denying the quarry last week. Vermont's assistant attorney general also filed a letter on behalf of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) expressing concern about the decision, specifically the fact that Judge Thomas Durkin's denial is based in part on the fact that Route 100B is considered a scenic byway. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents the Town of Moretown in this matter)
Group calls for Yankee to close - Brattleboro Reformer
Conservation Law Foundation officials called for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to shut down, citing the recent leaks in the site’s underground piping and within its main reactor building.

Calling nuclear power "last century’s technology," a panel of CLF delegates criticized the Vernon plant for its recent safety record and advocated for a more sustainable energy future in New England during a Thursday evening public forum in downtown Brattleboro.

Nearly 50 people from Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts attended the event.
Intervale Food Share Goes Car-less - WPTZ Plattsburgh
The Intervale Food Hub is a food share program on Burlington's Intervale -- and this summer, customers will get their deliveries in a new way -- by bike.

One Revolution -- a local bike delivery company -- rigged up some new bike carts from scratch, specially for the Intervale's summer farm share. Every week, they'll deliver food straight from local farms to businesses and pick-up locations around town -- to feed more than 300 people.
VPR News: Senators Support EPA Regulation Of Greenhouse Gases
Both of Vermont's U.S. senators joined a majority of their colleagues in voting against a plan to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

The Senate rejected the proposal by a vote of 53 to 47.
Vermont state parks want to promote energy technologies | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
Inviting businesses to set up and promote energy technologies in Vermont’s state parks might seem incongruous to the natural outdoor experience parks offer visitors.

But parks officials say the new Innovation Partnership promotes the same environmental ethics that park personnel teach visitors and use to guide facility development.

“Renewable and alternative energy is easily within the mission of the state parks,” said Craig Whipple, state parks director. “We have incorporated those kinds of technologies for a long time, so we have an interest in them.”
Vt. town kicks off redevelopment project - Boston.com
A $2.6 million redevelopment project is getting under way in Essex Junction, Vt.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the project that extends 2,100 feet from the Susie Wilson Road to the Five Corners.

Village manager David Crawford tells the Burlington Free Press the work done at the Champlain Valley Exposition is designed to extend the "village feel."
Vt. maple crop down, but not like elsewhere - Boston.com
The quick warmup this spring switched sugar maples from sap-making to bud-popping, lowering Vermont's maple syrup production slightly.

But the 3 percent drop seen in Vermont from 2009 to 2010 wasn't nearly as high as the reduction in maple production seen elsewhere.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that nationwide, maple syrup production dropped 19 percent, to 1.96 million gallons.
Burlington Parks programs compete for money | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
Three Burlington Parks Department programs began a competition Thursday for $15,000 from Stonyfield Farm, an organic yogurt producer from Londonderry, N.H. The contest is called "Bid with Your Lid." Click the link above to see the competing programs.
Ground broken in NY for new Champlain Bridge to VT - WCAX.COM
The governors of New York and Vermont have broken ground for the new Lake Champlain Bridge that will replace an 80-year-old span demolished late last year because it was no longer safe.