Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Vermont Environmental News, February 9, 2011

Vt. company fined $123K for emissions violation | WCAX.COM
The Environmental Protection Agency says a Vermont wire coating company has been fined $123,000 for an emissions violation.

Harbour Industries of Shelburne makes high performance wire and cable emitting volatile organic compounds in the process.

To control the emissions, the company runs a gas-fired regenerative thermal oxidizer.

But the EPA says the company violated a permit issued by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation in the last three years by failing to show it was complying with the 50-tons-a-year limit on volatile organic compounds and not developing and submitting an operation and maintenance plan for its oxidizer.
Biomass proposals mired in motions and controversy |
The Vermont Public Service Board continues to grapple with whether to allow Beaver Wood LLC to move ahead with two proposed biomass/wood pellet production mills in Vermont. Beaver Wood is seeking certificates of public good from the Board in a Section 248 proceeding. An assortment of PSB deadlines involving legal briefs and petitions loom over the next few weeks. If Beaver Wood obtains permission from the state for the biomass projects in Vermont, additional local and environmental permits will be needed to build the facilities.

Meanwhile passions and politics surrounding the proposals are galvanizing residents living near the project sites.
VY seeks source of tritium | Brattleboro Reformer
Two piping runs were ruled out as sources of a possible new leak of tritiated water at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant after pressure testing was conducted on both runs.

In a teleconference on Feb. 3, Yankee technicians told representatives from the Vermont Department of Health the two piping runs "do not appear to be leaking," according to an e-mail update from DOH.

The piping runs are two of five that Yankee technicians placed "high on the list" of possible sources of contaminated water. All five are in the vicinity of a well that tested positive for tritiated water in mid-January.
Bald eagle spotted in Burlington | WCAX.COM
A bald eagle sighting in Burlington Tuesday.

The eagle was spotted by the King Street Ferry dock.

There have also been reports of multiple bald eagles at the site where the new Champlain Bridge is being built. They have been seen hunting ducks in that area.