Friday, February 18, 2011

Vermont Environmental News, February 18, 2011

Vt. delegation gets perfect green score | WCAX.COM
Vermont's two U.S. senators and one congressman have received the nation's only perfect score for a state congressional delegation from a national environmental group.

The League of Conservation Voters says Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch each received a perfect score of 100 on six Senate votes and nine House votes taken last year on issues involving t
he environment.
River group wants action on Vt nuke plant permit |
An environmental group is calling on Vermont state officials to act now on a pending Clean Water Act permit application for Vermont Yankee.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council filed a petition Thursday asking that the state Agency of Natural Resources either grant or deny the application of Entergy Corp. for a renewed permit for the nuclear power plant in Vernon.
LaClair named Vt. deputy ag secretary | WCAX.COM
The former USDA state director for rural development in Vermont and New Hampshire has been named deputy secretary for administration for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross announced Jolinda LaClair's appointment on Wednesday.

The agency says for most of the past decade LaClair directed over 40 community and economic development programs aimed at rural development including agriculture and helped direct millions of dollars of support to Vermont's rural and agricultural communities. Before that she worked for U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords on a variety of issues including agriculture.
Central Vermont Public Service names new president |
Central Vermont Public Service Corp. has named its next president.

Larry Reilly, a former executive vice president of National Grid, will take over CVPS on March 1, succeeding Bob Young. CVPS, based in Rutland, is Vermont's largest electric utility, serving 159,000 customers in central and southern Vermont.