Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, June 16, 2010

Vermont Law School uses $1.5 million grant to open enviro firm in China | Vermont Business Magazine
Aiming to use lawsuits to fight pollution and protect workers, Vermont Law School’s US-China Partnership for Environmental Law has received a $1.5 million federal grant to establish China's first public interest environmental law firm and expand a university-based legal clinic.

China’s rapid industrialization and urbanization have caused severe environmental degradation, including greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming worldwide and hundreds of thousands of deaths a year in China due to exposure to pollution.
Effort to repeal oil tax breaks fails in Senate | Reuters
The oil and gas industry measure by Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, failed to muster even a simple 51-vote majority, although 60 votes were needed to pass it.

It was offered as an amendment to a bill that would extend unemployment insurance for hundreds of thousands of jobless workers whose benefits ran out last month and also renew a set of popular business tax breaks.
Vermont Efficiency Corp. to expand into six different states | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
The Vermont Energy Investment Corp., whose Efficiency Vermont has won national awards as a pioneer in energy efficiency, has won a three-year, $21 million contract to do similar work for municipal utilities in six states.

VEIC and Columbus, Ohio-based American Municipal Power Inc., announced Tuesday that VEIC will set up efficiency programs serving the nonprofit wholesale power provider and its member utilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Rogue trails mar South Burlington's Red Rocks Park | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
Some visitors to Red Rocks Park in South Burlington are creating rogue trails that encourage erosion and kill wild flowers, park officials said.

The clearly marked trails through the park are ignored by some visitors who let their unleashed dogs run freely, said Barbara Bull, former chairwoman of the Natural Resource Committee of South Burlington. Bull was involved in the purchase of the bond for the park land and also served on the Red Rocks Park Committee.