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GMP commits to strict sound standards at Lowell wind farm

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power today reaffirmed its commitment to adhere to strict sound standards and thorough monitoring at its Kingdom Community Wind facility in Lowell. GMP said in a statement that for almost four years now, Kingdom Community Wind has operated at or above capacity delivering enough locally produced energy to power approximately 24,000 homes. GMP's statement said that its community partner, Lowell, overwhelmingly supports the project for the value it brings to the community and the state.

Pittsford Fire Academy area tests clean for PFOA

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin announced today new results from five water samples collected near the Pittsford Fire Academy. The results were received as part of the first batch of testing in the State’s effort to proactively investigate 11 additional sites statewide where perfluorocarbons may have been used. The Pittsford Fire Academy was selected for testing by the State because of its repeated use of firefighting foams that may have contained perfluorocarbons like PFOA and PFOS in training exercises.

$2.1 million USDA funding package will improve Williamstown’s wastewater system

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Congressman Peter Welch and USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah joined federal, state and local officials in Williamstown on Earth Day to celebrate the town’s efforts to upgrade a 47-year-old wastewater system. The Town of Williamstown received a $2,161,000 grant and loan combination from USDA Rural Development to improve their wastewater infrastructure and reduce the phosphorus flowing from the plant into the Winooski River and on to Lake Champlain.

Leahy and Welch sign letter of support for the Paris climate agreement

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) this week joined 143 congressional colleagues in voicing strong support for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement ahead of its signing Friday by Secretary John Kerry.  Under President Obama’s leadership and with the strong support of congressional Democrats, the United States rallied more than one hundred nations in support of the historic agreement last December.

Energy siting bill passes House committee with stricter wind provisions

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:35pm -- tim

by Michael Bielawski Vermont Watchdog The energy siting bill S230 is on its way to the House floor after a unanimous vote of support by the House Energy Committee on Thursday evening. With it are newly added wind provisions that would have retroactive impact on turbine projects applied for since April 15. The bill now states that on or before Sept. 15, 2017 the Public Service Board “shall adopt” specific sound standards for industrial wind turbines. These standards, once adopted, would apply to any project application submitted since April 15.

State pays $1.55 million to settle Grega case

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The State has resolved legal claims asserted by the Estate of John Grega under Vermont’s Innocence Protection Act arising out of his 1995 conviction for the murder of his wife, according to Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Under the terms of the settlement, the State will pay $1.55 million to resolve the Estate’s claim that DNA testing in 2012 exonerated Mr. Grega of the crime—a claim contested by the State as unsupported by the facts. Indeed, in 2013 a Vermont trial court stated, when denying Mr.

VHFA credits provide $25 million in upfront equity for affordable housing

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Board of Commissioners has committed federal low-income housing tax credits and state affordable housing tax credits that will provide almost $25 million in upfront equity to construct and renovate housing for low-income Vermonters and will increase permanent supportive housing for people who were formerly homeless. The $2.578 million in 10-year federal credits and $400,000 in five-year state credits support 356 rental homes in 11 communities across the state. 

Vermont Air National Guard civil engineers return home Saturday from Silver Flag exercise

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Air National Guard 158th Fighter Wing Civil Engineering Squadron personnel will return home Saturday, April 23, 2016, from Tyndall Air Force Base located outside Panama City, Florida after a 10-day all phases of deployment exercise. Silver Flag is a routine exercise the 158th Fighter Wing Civil Engineering Squadron participates in annually to ensure combat-mission proficiency.

On Earth Day: Legislators urged to support rapid transition away from fossil fuels

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Executives from some of Vermont’s most iconic brands and companies converged in Montpelier on Earth Day to call on legislators to support a speedy transition to the low carbon economy of the future. New science suggests that the impacts from climate change may come sooner and be more destructive than previous climate models predicted.

Delegation calls for stricter federal regulations of PFOA

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As tests for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contaminating drinking water in North Bennington, Bennington and Pownal continue this week, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) pressed two congressional committees, charged with finalizing legislation to regulate toxic chemicals, for stricter federal rules and deference to strong state protections already in place in Vermont and across the country.

Weekly unemployment claims fall by 150

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell last week and below numbers from the same time last year. For the week of April 16, 2016, there were 809 claims, down 150 from the previous week's total and 171 fewer than they were a year ago. By industry, claims fell across the board. Services continued to garner by far the most claims with 70 percent. 

Funding available through the Walter Cerf Community Fund

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 5:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Funding is now available through the Walter Cerf Community Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. Cerf, a native of Germany who made Addison County his home in his later years, gave more than $10 million to organizations and projects in Vermont before passing away in 2001. He focused much of his giving in Addison County and Brandon.

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