VPR’s Jane Lindholm talks with Rutland Herald business reporter Bruce Edwards about last month’s decision by the Federal Highway Administration to approve an estimated $34 million rail project in Rutland and Addison Counties.
We tackle the question of what role manufacturers, consumers and government should play in reducing the amount of trash we create when we throw out packaging or old products.
Also, a proposed Rail Spur in Middlebury would accommodate
the OMYA Corporation’s freight needs. And, celebrating the election of Madeleine Kunin 25 years ago.
State Senator John Campbell says a woman called and threatened to blow up his house for wanting to introduce a same sex marriage bill next year; Gov. Jim Douglas says he does not want to tap into the state rainy day fund to help deal with a $63 million budget deficit; more…
The state is cracking down on two large-scale composting operations, and the
legal actions may force both to shut down. But
some critics complain of selective enforcement when it comes to pollution under
Act 250 in Vermont.
A federal judge has ruled that chemicals leaking from Omya’s landfills in
Pittsford could threaten human health. But
the state is close to granting Omya a permit that would allow the company to
keep operating the waste site for two more years.
An employee of the
Agency of Natural Resources says the department dragged its feet in enforcing
the law and cracking down on a company for allegedly allowing toxic chemicals to migrate from its plant
site to groundwater and neighbors’ wells.
An extensive study has concluded that the mining operations
of the Omya Corporation don’t pose a current threat to human health or the
environment in Florence, Vermont.
VPR’s Jane Lindholm talks with Rutland Herald business reporter Bruce Edwards
about the study and the reaction of neighbors who have long been critics of the
Omya’s impact on the area.
Affordably priced housing can be hard to come by in Vermont, with one estimate saying the median house price across the state is $206,000. We talk with two builders who have
differing viewpoints on how to create more affordably priced housing.
Also, reporter Bruce Edwards on an extensive study about the health and environemntal impact of Omya’s mining operations in Florence, Vermont.
A chemical contaminant used in blasting has been found in water flowing from a quarry operated by the Omya Corporation in Pittsford. The chemical is perchlorate. Environmentalists say it’s been linked to a variety of health impacts. But an Omya official says the chemical has not been detected off the company’s property, and that more research will be done.