Environment

James Patterson / Valley News

State officials are trying to figure out if Vermont should make a bid for a 560-megawatt hydroelectric system on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers. And the Agency of Natural Resources says the system will generate less revenue in the future as older facilities are upgraded to meet modern environmental laws.

Recently, a northern goshawk attacked me for straying close to the nest. When I posted this to the local birding list-serv, experienced birders told me I shouldn’t be specific about location and behavior.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday issued an updated health advisory for the suspected carcinogen PFOA.

Last week VPR reported on a recent downturn in commodity prices that has some waste district managers scrambling to make ends meet to comply with Vermont's universal recycling law. Our story drew a response from officials with the Chittenden Solid Waste District, because they say planning for exactly this kind of circumstance has left them in a much better position.

One in every 17 Vermont workers is employed in the clean energy sector, according to a new report commissioned by the state to track the economic impact of Vermont's renewable energy efforts.

Steve Zind / VPR

Residents in Central Vermont towns are concerned about Utah engineer David Hall’s plans to buy 5,000 acres to build a community of 20,000 in their area. There's also opposition in a Provo, Utah neighborhood where Hall is buying property for similar ends.

Federal regulators say TransCanada's proposed acquisition of a United States gas pipeline doesn't raise national security concerns.

Tensions in Grafton over a proposed industrial wind project are high. And the chairman of the select board said Monday he would resign after what he says was an anonymous threat.

When we travel to other states and mention that we live in Vermont, people immediately identify us with Bernie Sanders.

“Ah, you’re from Bernie Country,” somebody responded recently, speaking for most strangers we meet.

Jacob Goldstein

Farmers have started planting Vermont’s third hemp crop. Though their numbers are few, the acreage devoted to hemp has significantly increased this year, as has the direction of the state’s fledgling hemp industry.

It began with slight rustlings over the winter. I ignored them until I found evidence of a mouse in a bureau drawer. Out came a snap trap and the next day the unlucky intruder was dispatched to the great cheese shop in the sky. The walls remained quiet for months until one early spring morning.

The first soil sample results in North Bennington show very low levels of the contaminant PFOA. PFOA is a suspected carcinogen and dangerous levels of the chemical have been detected in private wells in the area.

A farm in Monkton is one step closer to conservation, thanks to a commitment from the town's select board. The board unanimously approved spending $100,000 to help conserve the 218-acre Cota Farm, on States Prison Hollow Road.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Mothers with a concentration of PFOA in their blood have a greater likelihood of ending breastfeeding early, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Research.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

Municipalities across Vermont have grown frustrated over the lack of local influence in the renewable energy siting process, but key lawmakers say one of the last bills to cross the legislative finish last week will give towns a greater voice.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

A recent downturn in commodity prices has some waste district managers scrambling to make ends meet just as they are getting ready to meet new demands of the state's universal recycling law.

The discovery of a possible carcinogen in private drinking supplies in North Bennington spurred the passage of new toxics legislation in Montpelier this year.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The Shumlin Administration is deciding if the state should purchase a 560-megawatt hydro system on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers. But the deal would impact much more than Vermont's energy portfolio.

The transaction would give the state control of recreational facilities along the rivers, and there are environmental issues like erosion and wildlife and aquatic habitats to consider.

Patti Daniels / VPR

This weekend, you will likely see groups of volunteers on the roadsides of your town collecting litter in bright green plastic bags. Saturday, May 7, is the 46th annual Green Up Day.

VPR's Patti Daniels talked with the president of Green Up Vermont, Melinda Vieux, about the state's longstanding anti-litter tradition.

Ben Curtis / AP

Until recently, Vermont was on track to become the fifth state in the nation to ban the sale of ivory. But the legislation has suddenly derailed, and hopes for its passage are dwindling as the end of the session nears.

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