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GMP Inspire Space helps five energy entrepreneurs join Vermont’s energy revolution

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine GMP announced today that five cutting-edge energy entrepreneurs have been named winners of the Company’s first ever Inspire Space Contest to collaborate with Green Mountain Power in its state-of-the-art, open concept workspace in Colchester, Vermont. The visionary companies were selected by a team of energy innovation leaders at GMP for their interest in Vermont. They will work alongside the GMP team to grow their companies, share ideas to help develop technology and clean energy solutions for GMP customers and beyond.

GMO labeling law takes effect July 1: What businesses need to know

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 5:05am -- tim

by Jonathan Rose Whether you are a grocer, a prepared- or processed-food manufacturer, or a supplier, you should already be aware that Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO food labeling law, commonly known as “Act 120,” is slated to take effect on July 1, 2016.  By that date, food manufacturers and retailers will have to begin labeling most foods containing ingredients produced with genetic engineering.  The new law is likely to raise a host of novel and potentially complex questions for businesses responsible for complying.  For now, food producers and sellers should be think

Millers donate $3M to establish Chair in Palliative Medicine at UVM College of Medicine

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:15pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - Vermont philanthropists Holly and Bob Miller have capped decades of support to strengthen palliative care and clinical services in end-of-life care in Vermont with a $3 million gift to establish the Holly and Bob Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The gift was celebrated Friday  in a ceremony at the Dudley H Davis Center to install Robert E Gramling, MD, DSc as the inaugural Miller Chair — the 100th endowed faculty position at the university. At the investiture, nationally recognized palliative care expert BJ Miller, MD, a close friend of Dr Gramling, shared his own near-death experience and how it fundamentally altered his views on living and dying well.

City Market considers location in Burlington's Old North End

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 4:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington’s community-owned food cooperative, City Market, is considering expansion into the city’s Old North End. For many years, members have asked the Co-op to open a City Market in this area of town, which was home to the Onion River Co-op, which opened over 43 years ago. The auto parts store located at 242-244 North Winooski Avenue (next to the Central Market and across from the McClure Multigenerational Center) closed several months back and the property is currently for lease.

Senate panel OKs bill to improve SBA business loan programs for Gueard members

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 3:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A US Senate committee is advancing legislation co-authored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to improve and boost access to the loan programs aimed at helping Guard members and Reservists facing financial setbacks.  Their bill, approved Thursday by the Senate Small Business Committee, makes improvements in the Military Reservists Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MREIDL) and Repayment Deferral for Active Duty Reservists programs. 

PFOA found near Air Guard and Fire Academy, drinking water safe

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin provided an update today on perfluorocarbon testing results from water samples collected at three locations: Harbour Industries in Shelburne,the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington, and the Pittsford Fire Academy. The three locations are part of a Statewide sampling plan to investigate sites where perflurocarbons, like PFOA and PFOS, may have been used. Private wells sampled near Harbour Industries in Shelburne tested clean for both chemicals. Results showed PFOA and PFOS to be present at the Vermont Air National Guard site, and in an underground storage tank at the Pittsford Fire Academy. Both sites have historically used firefighting foam in routine training exercises. No drinking water supplies have been impacted by PFOA or PFOS contamination at any of the three sites. The limited wells located near these sites are either inactive or have been tested previously and were not found to contain perfluorocarbons.

Vermont Yankee trust-fund tax scrutinized

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:19am -- tim

by Mike Faher/The Commons There has been much debate about how Vermont Yankee administrators are using the plant’s decommissioning trust fund. As it turns out, the federal government has been taking its share of that same pot of money. In response to an information request from the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VNDCAP), Entergy administrators have disclosed that they paid $34 million in federal trust fund taxes over a 10-year period.

Turner: House Republicans call on Speaker and Democratic colleagues to say 'Yes' again to energy siting bill

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:19am -- tim

by Representative Don Turner R-Milton When the House unanimously voted to pass Bill S230, it was a proud moment of bipartisan consensus. We worked tirelessly to find a fair balance between renewable energy development and the concerns of local communities, regarding the health and financial implications of siting these projects in their neighborhoods. Subsequent changes to the bill, including those suggested by Governor Shumlin at the end of the session, tilted the balance in favor of renewable energy.

State rules against anti-nuke group in Vermont Yankee case

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:09am -- tim

by Mike Faher/The Commons State regulators have rejected an anti-nuclear group’s last-minute objections to spent fuel plans at Vermont Yankee. The Vermont Public Service Board still is considering Entergy’s plans to build a new storage facility for radioactive spent fuel at the Vernon plant. But in an order issued June 1, the board declined to admit new evidence offered by New England Coalition in the case. The Brattleboro-based coalition had asked the Public Service Board to consider information about the proposed fuel facility’s visibility and its potential to be built underground. The board, however, ruled that the coalition’s motions were too little, too late.

Cavendish men charged with unlawful logging, face up to 11 years in jail

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Matthew Wyman, 31, and Joey Wyman, 34, of Cavendish, Vermont, were arraigned Tuesday on charges arising from unlawful logging of trees on state land. Matthew Wyman was arraigned on two counts of unlawful mischief and Joey Wyman was arraigned on two counts of sale or possession of stolen property. According to documents filed with the court, a maple tree and a yellow birch tree were unlawfully cut down in Proctor Piper State Forest and removed and sold to a lumber yard for more than $1,200.