Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, December 15, 2010

Vermont falls short in curbing emissions | The Burlington Free Press
Vermont receives credit for having strong land-use laws and land conservation efforts to curb sprawl, but when it comes to transpor­tation policy, the state lags behind New Jersey in curb­ing emissions, according to an environmental group’s report released Tuesday.

Vermont ranked 12th among states based on a va­riety of factors that would limit the state’s carbon emissions, including pedes­trian plans, commuter in­centives and smart-growth policies, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Lawyer to be Vt.'s next Public Service chief | WCAX.COM
Closing the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, getting FairPoint Communications fully out of bankruptcy and deploying broadband Internet service around the state are among the items Elizabeth Miller will be tackling as the state's new Public Service commissioner.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday the Burlington lawyer will fill the $96,000-a-year post in his incoming administration, replacing David O'Brien, who had held the job for eight years under Gov. Jim Douglas.
Vt. nuke host seeks taxes if plant closes | Boston.com
Officials in the town that hosts the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant are looking for a way to generate tax income if the plant closes in March 2012 as is currently scheduled.

Selectboard Chairman Michael Courtemanche tells the Brattleboro Reformer the town would like to explore the possibility of taxing the used nuclear fuel, stored in dry casks, that could be on the property for up to 100 years.