Monday, November 29, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, November 29, 2010

EPA opposes circumferential highway around Burlington | The Burlington Free Press
The regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a proposal for a portion of a highway around Vermont’s largest city would cause unacceptable damage to wetlands and streams.

In a letter to the regional commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, EPA Administrator H. Curtis Spalding says the corps should reject the plan for a portion of the 16-mile circumferential highway around Burlington.
Vt. company wants wind project near Burlington |
A central Vermont company is considering a plan to build a half dozen wind turbines near the Bolton Valley ski resort.

If approved, the project would be the largest wind power development visible from the Burlington area.

A company called Green Mountain Clean Energy won approval last month to build a 180-foot tower on Ricker Mountain in Bolton to measure the strength of the wind.
Vermont, New York and EPA to sign Lake Champlain plan | The Burlington Free Press
Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas and officials from New York state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will sign an updated work plan Tuesday to restore and protect water quality in Lake Champlain.

Unlike earlier versions of the plan, “Opportunities for Action,” this version lists dozens of specific actions the signers will take to reduce fertilizer pollution, to combat the introduction of invasive species and to limit pollutants that pose a public health risk.
Lake Champlain movie to debut | The Burlington Free Press
“Bloom” does not mince words.

In its opening moments, the 30-minute movie introduces Jim Tierney, assistant commissioner for water resources of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. He talks of algae blooms that threaten public use and enjoyment of Lake Champlain.

“That chunky pea soup you see — that’s outrageous. It shouldn’t exist,” he says. “It’s an indicator of gross failure.”

Vermonters featured in the movie describe manure running directly from barnyards into brooks that feed the lake, dogs dying from ingesting blue-green algae in the lake, and a park in St. Albans Bay that the public almost has abandoned because water quality is so poor.
Rural Vermont holds raw dairy classes |
Rural Vermont is offering a class on raw dairy processing.

Luna Bleu Farm, in South Royalton, will host the Nov. 30 event, with Leslie Mann giving instruction on how to make brie-style and other cheeses, using raw cows milk from the farm. The class, which costs $20 to $40, will cover the ABCs of dairy processing and details about Vermont's new law governing raw milk.

Proceeds from the event benefit Vermont Law School's Food and Agriculture Law Society and Rural Vermont.
Vt. biomass hearing set for Tuesday in Randolph |
Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center is to be the site of a public hearing on the future of biomass energy in the state.

A legislative committee is nearing completion of a second interim report in its three-year study of the topic. It has set a public hearing for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Vermont Tech.
Vt marks EPA milestone | WCAX.COM
A high-ranking U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official will reflect on the agency's 40-year legacy in a lecture at Vermont Law School.

Curt Spalding, EPA's administrator for the New England region, will talk about the challenges facing the agency in the era of climate change and other environmental threats.

EPA, which was established on Dec. 2, 1970, was created in response to rampant pollution.
Marlboro hosts talk on energy project | Brattleboro Reformer
Carbon Harvest Energy President Don McCormick will speak at a free public presentation next Friday as part of Marlboro College Graduate School’s MBA in Managing for Sustainability series. McCormick will discuss his company’s new landfill gas-to-energy project located on Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro as a practical model of sustainable and responsible resource use. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents Carbon Harvest Energy)