environmental group says the state has failed to crack down on water pollution from
large farms and a sewage treatment plant. The
Conservation Law Foundation says that since the state isn’t doing the job, the
federal government should take over the clean water permit program.
Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering its approval of a state clean
up plan for Lake Champlain. The
plan was approved by the federal government in 2002, but pollution levels have
continued to rise in the big lake.
federal Environmental Protection Agency has taken the rare step of reaching
across state lines into Vermont
in order to protect Long Island Sound – hundreds of miles downstream. The
EPA has formally objected to permits proposed for two Vermont sewage treatment plants. The agency says the Vermont plants would let too much pollution flow down the Connecticut River to the Sound.
the next few weeks, the state will tell about 400 property owners in Chittenden County that they have to help control stormwater pollution. The
Agency of Natural Resources will impose the new regulation in response to a
court order. The court said five streams have been damaged by run-off from
parking lots and streets and they need to be cleaned up.
all terrain vehicles be allowed to use state land? That’s
the subject of a public hearing in Montpelier. The Agency of Natural Resources stirred up
considerable controversy when it proposed a rule that would allow ATV connector
trails across state property.
Obama has pledged $8 billion of stimulus money to upgrade high speed
inter-city rail service. States
will compete with each other for the money. But because rail service ties
communities together, some rail advocates in this region
are calling for a multi-state approach.