Absestos mine clean-up to cost more than $200 million

State 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.

States petition for mercury reduction

Vermont is one of seven states petitioning the federal Environmental Protection Agency to take stronger steps to reduce mercury pollution from power plants outside the region.

Brattleboro uses grant for cleaner buses

Brattleboro’s share of a $314,406 Environmental Protection Agency grant to five communities will enable its 35 school buses to burn cleaner-burning biodiesel fuel this year.

EPA says New England had fewer bad air days

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says people in New England states breathed easier this summer, with fewer "unhealthy ozone" days than in 2007 – unless you were in Vermont.

Leahy calls hearing on Justice Department hiring practices

A government 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. VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports.

EPA’s criticism of Lake Champlain cleanup becomes scientific, political debate

The Environmental Protection Agency’s criticism about the pace of cleaning up Lake Champlain has become a debate about science – and about politics. Governor Jim Douglas says it’s another example of the Bush administration’s refusal to effectively deal with environmental issues. But as VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, Democrat Gaye Symington sides with the EPA and says it’s Douglas who has failed the environment.

Report: EPA reversed stand on greenhouse gas

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 report.

Douglas, environmental groups criticize EPA ruling

Environmental 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. VPR’s John Dillon has more.