Environment

A moose in the Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Brunswick, Vt. Gov. Phil Scott is raising concerns about a plan by the federal government to expand the refuge.
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Gov. Phil Scott says he’s “very apprehensive” about a plan by the federal government to expand a U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge in northeast Vermont.

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If you’ve lived in a state for a long time, or grew up there, you probably have this feeling — when you drive into or out of it, you feel like you can tell the difference.

I learned a new term recently that dates back to 1982 when the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries coined the term Shinrin-yoku — which translates roughly as forest bathing - and introduced it into the Japanese national health program.

Young lake trout weren't surviving their first winter in Lake Champlain for decades, but in recent years scientists have noticed a change: baby trout are now surviving in the lake.
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For over a century, lake trout offspring were not surviving through their first winter in Lake Champlain — so the state of Vermont has been stocking the lake with yearling trout for the past 45 years. But over the last three years, there's been a seemingly positive and significant change in the survival of the lake's young trout.

The state has asked the Bennington Superior Court to approve the agreement that it reached with Saint-Gobain over water that's contaminated with the industrial chemical PFOA.

The Rover, CSWD's mobile household hazardous waste collection vehicle, had to shut down operations in Jericho on Saturday when someone turned in explosive diethyl ether.
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Chittenden Solid Waste District staffers got more than they bargained for at a household hazardous waste collection in Jericho on Saturday when someone tried to dispose of diethyl ether, a substance the district referred to as a "shock-sensitive explosive chemical."

The owner of Vermont Yankee says its wants to begin work soon to speed up the decommissioning of the shuttered nuclear reactor.

There's still plenty of gardening left to do as summer slips away and autumn arrives. Gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi stops by this "Vermont Edition" to share fall gardening advice.
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As the temperatures are cooling and autumn is waiting to be ushered in, there's still a lot to be done in your garden and to your lawn.

That's why gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi is paying Vermont Edition a visit.

Two solar panel manufacturers are asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to place tariffs on imported solar panels. But solar developers and installers across the country say a tariff would slow grow and cost jobs in the the industry.
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Two bankrupt companies that made solar panels are asking the U.S International Trade Commission to place a tariff on imported solar panels. The companies say that cheap foreign solar panels are harming the domestic industry.

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The Department of Public Service has rejected New Haven's energy plan.

Beachgoers enjoy a summer day at Lake Willoughby's clothing-optional Southwest Cove. Many regulars here feel changes proposed by the state could spoil this secluded getaway.
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The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has some changes planned for the trails and beaches at the south end of Lake Willoughby. But not everyone believes those changes will be improvements.

A moose enjoys a rainy day in Woodbury, Vermont. We're talking about the state of the state's wildlife.
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From fish to snakes to bears, wildlife in Vermont face some big challenges. The bear population is growing, and that's raising concern in some residential areas. The number of deer is on the rise, but the state's moose herd is struggling. And some species are being affected by climate change.

We're talking with Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter about these issues and others.

The Conservation Law Foundation says the proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant lacks key safeguards that would protect Vermonters.

As tropical storm Harvey ravaged parts of Texas and Louisiana, it again became obvious - to me, at least - that the forces of nature don’t give a fig about political affiliations.

Clean water advocates paddled the North Branch River in Montpelier Thursday morning to urge lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott to pump more money into pollution-reduction initiatives.
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Clean water advocates took to the North Branch River in downtown Montpelier Thursday to push for long-term funding for pollution-reduction measures.

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Just as my family departed for our annual camping vacation on Cape Cod, we learned that wreckage of the World War Two era US Warship Indianapolis had finally been found.

The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, pictured here on Tuesday, has become a shelter for people displaced by flooding caused by Harvey.
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Emergency management officials in Vermont say the surest way to aid the relief effort in Texas is to send cash to a respected charity.

For more than half a century, a massive, oil-fired plant has been churning out electricity from an island in the heart of Maine’s Casco Bay, where sailors use its towering smokestack for navigation.

The old generator is expensive to run and dirtier than new technologies, so these days it comes on only a few times a year. Nonetheless, since December, the wires on the island have been humming pretty much nonstop.

Ticks move like zombies; one speed, one direction, a stiff, endless, methodical forward plod… best described as creepy.

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Emily Boedecker has postponed officially submitting a new proposed draft rule for Great Hosmer Pond that would limit the use of racing shells and rowing sculls.
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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is holding off on officially submitting a controversial draft proposed rule for Great Hosmer Pond, in Craftsbury and Albany.

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