Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, November 17, 2010

Vt. farmer puts a new twist on wind power | WCAX.COM
It's a quintessential Vermont scene-- farms with silos. But Derby farmer Harvey McDonald has come up with a new twist on that traditional farming landscape.

"After we moved here I noticed pretty good wind around here," he said.

His new wind turbine was three years in the making and is one-of-a-kind as far as he knows.

The Valley View Farm only has about 10 acres.

"By putting it in the silo I lost absolutely no real estate," he said.
Vt. ag projects get $4m from US Agriculture Dept. | Boston.com
Forty-seven farmers, small businesses and maple syrup makers in Vermont and New Hampshire will receive more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The USDA is distributing the money in Vermont and New Hampshire. Sixty-three applicants in the two states applied for money.
Shelburne to consider new village housing | The Burlington Free Press
A new housing development proposed for Shelburne Village aims to resurrect some of the compact, walkable and affordable features of Shelburnewood — its now-extinct predecessor at the site — but at a smaller scale.

Plans for “Harrington Village” submitted to the Shelburne Planning and Zoning Department by nonprofits Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont indicate 87 residential units would be built on about eight acres of a 21-acre lot owned by Margaret Dyer. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents Champlain Housing Trust)
Vermont Railway hazardous waste sat undetected since 1960s | The Burlington Free Press
A long list of hazardous-waste violations that led to a $120,000 fine against Vermont Railway earlier this month included several containers of waste stored in discarded boxcars in a Rutland rail yard that were there since the 1960s, according to the state Agency of Natural Resources and Attorney General’s Office.

Steve Simoes, an environmental analyst with ANR and a veteran inspector, said Monday previous inspections had missed the boxcars because they were off to the side of the rail yard, away from the main area where locomotives are maintained.