Friday, January 21, 2011

Vermont Environmental News, January 21, 2011

Vermont College Launches New Food Studies Program |
Vermont's Table is a new summer culinary program at Sterling College, featuring a fresh, hands-on approach to the study of farm-to-table food systems.

Sterling College is fortunate to be situated in one of the nation's leading hot-spots for sustainable food economy. The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont has received national acclaim for its entrepreneurial initiative and the diversity of successful food-related businesses. “Vermont's Table” exposes college-level students and adult learners to the inner workings of this vibrant local food economy.
PSB gives college, town party status in biomass process | Bennington Banner
The Vermont Public Service Board issued an order Wednesday allowing the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Williams College and Williamstown, Mass., party status in the permitting process for a proposed 29.5-megawatt biomass facility at the former Green Mountain Race Track.

Beaver Wood Energy, LLC, is petitioning the PSB for a certificate of public good, which it needs before it can construct the power-generation facility and an integrated facility to manufacture wood pellets.

To be part of the proceedings, most entities must file motions to intervene, unless they are one of the few state agencies that gain automatic party status, or are the petitioner. The motions by Williamstown, Williams College and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission were opposed by Beaver Wood, which argued that the PSB didn’t have authority across state lines.
Fishy situation in Grafton County brook | WCAX.COM
A fish mystery is puzzling biologists in the Upper Valley.

Hundreds of nonnative fish have been discovered in a small brook in Lyme, N.H., that feeds into the Connecticut River. Biologists discovered the rosyside dace while doing routine monitoring in Hewes Brook. They suspect the fish were introduced to the brook by humans.
ATV land use rule reversed | WCAX.COM
ATV riders won't be able to ride on state land any time soon.

New leaders at the Agency of Natural Resources plan to reverse a rule that would have opened up some state property to ATV riders. Under the rule enacted by the Douglas administration, trails could have been built on state land to connect existing private trails.
State to get $3.1M in lead paint funding | Brattleboro Reformer
The Lead Safe Homes program at Parks Place will receive its funding for the next three years after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the latest round of grants for lead paint programs across the country.

Vermont will receive $3.1 million over three years after HUD handed out $127 million in grants to 48 local projects that protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint in older homes.