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On a quiet street by Green Hill Pond in Charlestown about a mile away from the ocean, Andrew Baer walks onto his front lawn and asks for help sliding the cap off his well. Luckily, he's having solar panels installed and there are plenty of hands at-the-ready. 

An open water view of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.
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Situated on Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont, the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is recognized internationally for its biological diversity and high-quality wetlands.

Jessica Keene stands on the Quechee Gorge Bridge in front of a sign she made that reads, "Step back. You're worth it." The card also has the phone number for the national suicide prevention hotline.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Two local women are putting up index cards, with messages of support and hope, in an attempt to reach anyone who might be contemplating suicide on the Quechee Gorge Bridge.

Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, a San Diego businessman, is running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Vermont.
Matt Volz / Associated Press

Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente is a San Diego businessman. Though he doesn't live in Vermont, he's filed to run in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate here on Aug. 14.

Vermont Yankee transferred the last of its spent nuclear fuel this week for storage in steel and concrete casks.
Entergy, courtesy

Vermont Yankee has moved the last of its spent nuclear fuel into huge steel and concrete casks where it will be stored for decades near the Connecticut River in southern Vermont.

The exterior of Memorial auditorium with a sign in front.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The city of Burlington wants people who live and work there to weigh in on redevelopment plans for Memorial Auditorium.

An electric vehicle being charged.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

A Vermont environmental official said a Trump administration plan to freeze fuel efficiency requirements for cars and trucks will hurt the state's efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions.

Recyclables from Chittenden County are sorted at this facility in Williston.
John Dillon / VPR

Upheavals in global markets will soon be felt in Vermonters’ pocketbooks. The international market for some recyclable material has crashed, and that has forced some municipalities and solid waste companies to start charging for recycling.

Dan French, at podium, with Gov. Phil Scott in the background.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Gov. Phil Scott says his pick to serve as the state’s new secretary of education will help his administration curb spending growth in public schools.

Michael Bensel took over as executive director of the Pride Center of Vermont on Aug. 1. He's also one of the organization's founding board members.
Pride Center of Vermont, Courtesy

As of Aug. 1, the Pride Center of Vermont has a new executive director. Michael Bensel took over as head of the organization, which advocates for LGBTQ Vermonters.

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The Trump administration has proposed a rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency and emissions standards, while simultaneously taking aim at California's unique ability to set more stringent rules.

Under the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency called for the fuel economy standards for new vehicles to ratchet up over time. The increasingly strict standards were designed to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Bennington College professor David Bond, center, oversees work on the campus to investigate PFOA in groundwater.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Scientists from Bennington College say they've uncovered PFOA contamination far beyond the neighborhoods with polluted wells.

Burlington Community Boathouse Marina view from the lake on a blue-sky day.
Meg Malone / VPR

July was the hottest month ever recorded in Burlington, Vermont, according to records from the local office of the National Weather Service.

Outside a barn in Lowell are a bunch of motorcycles as part of Road Pitch.
Hilary Niles / Niles Media

"There’s not enough funding in Vermont to help businesses get off the ground and grow" is a common refrain among startup and expanding businesses seeking investment capital to fuel their growth. But one unique Vermont event aims to teach entrepreneurs that, before they ask for money, they may want to first ask for advice.

More Americans will be writing a check to the IRS in April because their employers are not withholding enough from their paychecks following the new tax law, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report.

Paul Costello, left, and Peter Walke, are co-chairs of the governor's Vermont Climate Action Commission, which met for the first time Tuesday. They say Vermont can use emissions-reduction initiatives to advance the state economy.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

A report out Tuesday recommended ways the state of Vermont can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also encouraging economic growth.

Take a water sample in a sink.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

When perfluorinated chemicals were first found in southwestern Vermont, very few people in the state had even heard of the dangerous compound. But now scientists here, and across the country, are finding more and more of it in the environment.

A group of Democratic senators have introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require the U.S. census and the country's largest survey to start directly asking about sexual orientation and gender identity.

If the Census Equality Act becomes law, sexual orientation and gender identity questions would have to be added to forms for the census by 2030 and for the American Community Survey — a survey that about 1 in 38 households are required by federal law to complete every year — by 2020.

Environmental Court Judge Thomas Durkin listens as Conservation Law Foundation lawyer Elena Mihaly argues Monday that the court should reject nine sewage treatment plant permits.
John Dillon / VPR

A Vermont environmental court judge expressed concerns for the health of Lake Champlain on Monday as he heard an environmental group challenge state permits that would allow more pollution to be released into the lake.

Information sheets on PFAS sit on Grafton Elementary School Principal Liz Harty's desk. The school is one of two with levels of the chemicals above the state's safe drinking water standard.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Two Vermont schools have levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) above Vermont’s safe drinking water standard.

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