VPR Evening News July 29th, 2008

A bleak economic forecast for Vermont; New rules needed for large-scale compost operations; Vermont State Representative Jim Hutchinson has died; Vermont Castings has a new owner; The Vermont Food Bank is going into farming; and commentator Ruth Page says the summer rains come with a silver lining.

State cracks down on compost operations

The state is cracking down on two large-scale composting operations, and the legal actions may force both to shut down. But some critics complain of selective enforcement when it comes to pollution under Act 250 in Vermont.

Burlington compost facility delays closure

Burlington’s nonprofit Intervale Center is keeping open for another week its composting facility near the Winooski River. The Center hopes the extra time will enable officials to reach an agreement that would turn the operation over to the Chittenden Solid Waste District.

Midday Newscast: February 14, 2008

Vermont will be the center of the snowboarding universe for the next 10 days; Progressive Anthony Pollina has formally joined the race for governor and is urging supporters to united behind him; the Chittenden regional solid waste district hopes to take over the troubled Intervale composting operation.