Friday, August 5, 2011

Vermont Environmental Law, August 5, 2011

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Shumlin, Vermont Yankee At Odds Again Over Radionuclides,
The Vermont Department of Health Tuesday issued a report stating that it had detected strontium-90 in the edible portion of fish in the Connectict River upstream from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon. Governor Peter Shumlin again called for Vermont Yankee to operate extraction wells to test for radionuclides. Vermont Yankee responded that it has an extensive system of testing wells, none of which has detected strontium-90…

The Vermont Health Department report notes…that this is the first time Sr-90 has been detected in the edible portion of any fish in the Connecticut Riiver. It goes on to note that the location of that catch is 9 miles north of the Vermont Yankee discharge.

The report states: "Fish caught near the Vermont Yankee discharge are most likely to be exposed to Vermont Yankee-related radioactivity, while fish caught upstream of the plant are most likely not to have been exposed to these radioactive materials."
Korean Company to Build Biotech Plant in Vt., WCAX
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - Vt. Gov. Peter Shumlin and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy are going to announce a plan by a South Korean biotechnology company to build a facility in Newport that will eventually employ about 200 people. The announcement is planned for Friday in Newport.

The project is being put together by Jay Peak ski area president Bill Stenger who is partnering with South Korean company AnC Bio to build a $50 million plant that will be called AnC Bio Vermont.
Vermont Store Specializes in Sustainable Energy, VPR
SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt. (AP) - A former snowboard store in Vermont is now a sustainable energy retail store that offers the state's first electric vehicle charging station.

Green Mountain Energy Vermont, located on Route 100 in South Londonderry, provides 220 volts an hour and can charge a car in one to four hours. The store, which opened its doors Thursday, was hailed as an important step in keeping up Vermont's name as a leader in energy efficiency initiatives. In keeping with that, the dignitaries present - state Rep. Oliver Olsen, R-Jamaica, and Gov. Peter Shumlin - cut an electrical cord instead of a ribbon to toast the opening.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports that the store offers installation of sustainable energy systems including thermal, wind and photovoltaic solar.
Study: Many Vermonters Pass Up Home Energy Savings,
MONTPELIER, Vt.— New research indicates Vermonters could save more than $800 million during the next 20 years and could generate jobs in the home improvement industry if residents would invest in insulation, new windows and other measures designed to keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, according to the Middlebury-based High Meadows Fund. The typical homeowner could cut costs by 30 to 50 percent.

High Meadows, a nonprofit devoted to environmental stewardship and economic vitality, released a group of studies Monday that examine ways to get more Vermonters over the sorts of misgivings Biddle described and get the work done to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

"It is not lack of funding that stops many homeowners from improving their energy efficiency," said Gaye Symington, executive director of High Meadows. "It is a lack of demand for what they consider a complicated process with unknown benefits. We need to make energy efficiency easier to see and do."