Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vermont Environmental Law, July 25, 2011

Gov. Shumlin Announces $2 Million in EPA Funding for Vermont,

Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Vermont will receive $2 million from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help advance the redevelopment of brownfields in Vermont.
Joined by EPA Region One Administrator Curt Spalding, Gov. Shumlin made the announcement at a brownfield site in Algiers (located within the town of Guilford) that is slated for remediation.
“The State and the regional planning commissions have done a great job of getting our funding for brownfield redevelopment out to Vermont communities,” the Governor said. “Redevelopment of these sites has led to the creation of jobs, new housing and more green space.”
The Windham Regional Commission will receive $1 million to capitalize a revolving loan fund for brownfield clean-up activities, as well as $400,000 for brownfield assessment work. The Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development will receive $600,000 to enhance its revolving loan fund.
Act 250 Panel Oks New Growth at Jay Peak Resort, Orleans County Record

The District 7 Environmental Commission has granted Jay Peak Resort permission to construct 10 new townhouses in its Golf and Mountain Suites section of the resort, and is preparing to consider changes to the resort's ski trails.
The commission also last week issued partial findings for another building, which came under extra scrutiny by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
The resort is expected to seek complete findings on the 11th building of this townhouse project once ANR and Jay Peak Resort find agreement.
And the resort is expected to seek permit amendments for its next major expansion, the Stateside complex of lifts, hotel and other amenities, this year.
The commission issued the amendment last week to authorize construction of the 10 residential buildings with 34 units identified as the first phase of the "Golf & Mountain Suites" project. It includes a sewer connection to the Troy-Jay municipal waste water treatment facility, water supply via connection to the Jay Peak Village Water System, and on-site storm water treatment systems.
Vermont Colleges Get Grant for Energy Initiative,
Vermont’s state colleges are getting a $100,000 grant to examine ways to be more energy efficient.
The grant from IBM will go toward helping two institutions in the state college system -- the HowardCenter and Vermont Technical College -- reduce their energy use by at least 5 percent annually.
Announced Thursday, it will be used to buy portable smart meters and fund new energy efficiency projects for HowardCenter and VTC.
Town Wants Circ Highway Funds, VPR News
(Host) Four Chittenden County communities where the Circumferential Highway would have been built are banding together to preserve the road's funding for other projects.
Officials in Essex, Essex Junction, Williston and Colchester hope to find alternative solutions to traffic problems that the Circ Highway was intended to resolve.
Part of the planned ring road through the Burlington suburbs was built, but construction for the bulk of it has been called off. Linda Myers is the chair of the Essex Select Board. She was an outspoken proponent of the Circ.
(Myers) "Since we're not going to have the Circ Highway, I'm hoping that certainly for the Town of Essex that we'll be able to come up with some plans and actually start working on plans that will help alleviate some of the traffic and obviously the emissions that comes from the traffic that comes through the town."
(Host) Myers says whether funds are made available or not, the first thing the four towns need to do is reach an agreement on a plan.