Environment

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A proposal to extend the trapping season for bobcat and otter in Vermont has galvanized a group of animal-welfare advocates who want to see the practice banned altogether. 

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The Vermont Department of Health announced that the state is on pace to hit a record number of cases of anaplasmosis, a disease spread by the black-legged tick.

Vermont's secretary of agriculture says some farmers here may be eligible for federal disaster aid due to the ongoing drought that's hit elsewhere in New England.

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Data from a University of Vermont researcher is helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service make the case that the rusty patched bumblebee should go on the national endangered species list.

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The carcinogen often referred to as the "Erin Brockovich chemical" is present in about two-thirds of the drinking water across the country, according to water testing data from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The state and the owner of tens of thousands of acres of land in the Northeast Kingdom are awaiting yet another court decision on a timber harvesting violation under the state’s Current Use Program.

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The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is reducing its emergency plan around the shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

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A 7-foot exotic plant is expected to bloom at a Dartmouth greenhouse for the first time in nearly six years, and the school has made a live web stream available for those who can't make it to campus.

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Should recreational activities be given greater consideration when the state evaluates water quality in the relicensing of hydroelectric dams?

President Barack Obama has signed an order protecting a section of underwater mountains and canyons off New England's coast. It's the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

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The very first commercial wind project on U.S. Forest Service land is underway in southern Vermont.

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Two major ski resort expansions have stalled in the Deerfield Valley, and for a region that relies on tourism, that means a loss of potential business and visitors.

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New Hampshire state officials met with Hanover residents this week to discuss a chemical plume left over from a mid-century Dartmouth College hazardous waste burial site. The underground plume is threatening nearby wells and streams.

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When you shop for cleaning supplies, brightly colored bottles advertise stain-removing powers or "whiter whites." But it’s hard to get clear information about what the chemical ingredients could do to your health or the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency is hoping to change that.

Regulators ruled in favor of Vermont Gas Tuesday in the final eminent domain case related to the company's pipeline to Addison County.

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The removal of a dam on the White River in Randolph has opened up nearly 100 miles of habitat upstream.

Long-distance hiking trails have an adventurous attraction to them. People set out on the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail with dreams of endurance, austerity, wilderness and distance. 

In Canada, they've been working on a slightly different kind of project called The Great Trail. While it doesn't have the same claims of wilderness as the AT and PCT, the Great Trail wins hands-down when it comes to distance covered.

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A state geologist is gathering data to help build a 3-D map of the ground underneath Bennington to try understand how the chemical PFOA may be moving through groundwater.

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Heavy rain Saturday night led to three sewage overflows in Rutland and one in Burlington in the early hours of Sunday morning.

In the last couple years, millions of people across the country have learned their drinking water contains high levels of the contaminants known as perfluorichemicals. These are used to make nonstick things like Teflon and pizza boxes.  And for those with illnesses that are linked to the contaminant, that knowledge can be helpful -- and frustrating.

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