Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, December 1, 2010

Officials To Spend $1.2M To Keep Lake Champlain Clean | WPTZ Plattsburgh
Government officials announced more than $1.2 million in funding to keep Lake Champlain healthy.

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas was joined by representatives from New York state and Quebec to sign the new Lake Management Commitment. The "Opportunities for Action" plan commits them to specific action to curb phosphorus and other pollutants.
Compost plan under microscope | The Saint Albans Messenger
A plan to “close the loop” in St. Albans and Swanton by diverting food scraps from landfills to a composting program has fallen into a hole in state regulations and onto the agenda of the Swanton Town Planning Commission. Hudak Farm Stand & Greenhouses, which has 30 acres in vegetable production and which sells nearly all of its produce locally, takes food waste from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans and turns the waste into compost used on the farm.
E-waste plan calls for four disposal sites | Brattleboro Reformer
Windham County residents would have four official sites to dispose of electronic waste for free under a draft plan released by the Agency of Natural resources last week. That’s a reduction from seven sites now in the county.

ANR released the plan as it moves ahead with the new state law passed by the Legislature this year that establishes a manufacturer-funded program to eliminate electronic waste from Vermont landfills.

The agency will collect public comments on the draft proposal until December 23, before sending it to the Secretary for final approval.
NH's Gregg, Shaheen honor law creating forests | WCAX.COM
The U.S. Senate has approved a resolution by New Hampshire's senators that commemorates the 100th anniversary of a law that led to the creation of national forests in the East, including the White Mountain National Forest.