Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, August 19, 2010

VPR News | Big Hydro: Environmental Impacts
Large hydroelectric dams are seen as one of the most environmentally friendly energy sources in a world struggling with climate change.

But damming rivers and redirecting their flow isn't benign. Fish habitat is harmed. Mercury is released into the environment. And the projects themselves can even release greenhouse gases.

In today's report, VPR's John Dillon takes us to the source and explores environmental impacts of northern Quebec power dams.
NY bans phosphorus in detergent, lawn fertilizer | Poughkeepsie Journal
A new law to improve water quality makes it illegal for stores in New York to stock fresh supplies of household dishwasher detergents that contain phosphorus.

Stores have 60 days to sell old inventories. Sales for commercial use are to end July 1, 2013.

Starting in 2012, a similar ban will apply to lawn fertilizers.
National Farmers Union reps tour region | WCAX.COM
Representatives from the National Farmers Union are touring New England this week, reaching out to small and middle-sized farms.

Union officials are traveling to co-ops throughout the region spreading their message. They say farmers in New England are not being adequately represented in legislation coming out of Washington, D.C. The tour is focused on the New England Farmers Union which was created four years ago in an attempt to help give smaller farms a larger voice.
Solar expert gets hot over credits | Times Argus Online
The owner of one of the largest renewable energy companies in Vermont threatened to pull his company out of the state Tuesday if officials did not fully fund the solar tax credit program.

David Blittersdorf, the founder of NRG Systems and the owner of All Earth Renewables, lashed out at the state of Vermont for allegedly “changing the rules of the game” and putting millions of dollars at risk in projects that can’t go forward without the tax credits. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents AllEarth in another matter).