Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, August 11, 2010

Vt. will use $4.5m in federal funds to train green | Boston.com
Vermont businesses and organizations are going to use $4.5 million in federal stimulus money to train unemployed and underemployed people for green jobs.

The two-year grant will train people for a number of fields, including weatherization, renewable energy, recycling and sustainable agriculture.
Black River spill much larger than estimated | WCAX.COM
A diesel fuel dump into the Black River in southern Vermont over the weekend is much larger than originally thought.

Officials with Black River Produce in North Springfield believe someone deliberately opened valves on tanks used to refuel trucks and directed them toward the river.

Authorities now believe at least 4,000 gallons of diesel spilled and then ran into the Black River, much more than the original estimate of 1,200 gallons.

Officials with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources are calling it one of the largest spills in the state's history.
Vermont urges dismissal of suit over lake phosphorus | The Burlington Free Press
Lawyers for the state of Vermont urged a federal judge Tuesday to throw out a conservation group's lawsuit that says the state and federal governments aren't doing enough to curb phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain.

The Conservation Law Foundation's 2008 suit, which names the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a defendant, says phosphorus pollution limits set for Vermont in 2002 weren't stringent enough and didn't take into account the effects of climate change.
Mobile Solar Lab Near Completion At Norwich | WPTZ Plattsburgh
There's a major project near completion at Norwich University, and its all part of a new program aimed at giving students on-the-job training and teaching skills.

The school dubbed the project EMBARC, or Energy Mobile Building Arts Research Center. The 200-square-foot movable building will be powered by solar energy and used for research and education.