and federal agencies estimate it will cost more than $200 million to
clean up hazardous waste from an asbestos mine in northern Vermont. The
government has filed claims in state court and in bankruptcy court as it tries
to get the money from the mine’s former owners.
watchdog will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee today to answer
questions about political hiring at the Justice Department. Senator
Patrick Leahy says he called the hearing so he can get to the bottom of what he
says is improper influence by partisan appointees throughout government.
Ross Sneyd reports.
Governor Jim Douglas says it’s taking longer than he
expected to reduce phosphorus levels in Lake Champlain.
But Douglas says he’s convinced that the state has the
right strategy to improve the quality of the lake over time.
VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports.
Environmental Protection Agency’s criticism about the pace of cleaning up Lake Champlain has become a debate about science – and about
Jim Douglas says it’s another example of the Bush administration’s refusal to
effectively deal with environmental issues.
as VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, Democrat Gaye Symington sides with the EPA and
says it’s Douglas who has failed the environment.
The head of the
Environmental Protection Agency initially supported partly granting California’s petition for a greenhouse gas emissions waiver,
but reversed himself after hearing from White House officials, says a new
groups and Governor Jim Douglas are criticizing the Environmental Protection
Agency for refusing to allow states to adopt tough new clean car standards. California, Vermont
and a dozen other states have proposed new rules to limit greenhouse gas
pollution from cars and trucks. But
in rejecting California’s petition, the EPA said climate change is not any
worse in California than in other places.
John Dillon has more.