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Secretary of State Jim Condos Urges Vermonters to Register and Vote

Secretary of State Jim Condos would like to remind all Vermonters that the deadline to register to vote in the August 9th Statewide Primary is Wednesday, August 3rd. "Voting is the very basis of our democracy," said Secretary Condos, "I encourage everyone to get out and participate in Vermont's Primary on August 9th."

GOVERNOR SHUMLIN SIGNS RENEWABLE ENERGY SITING BILL INTO LAW

Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed S. 260, a bill designed to improve regional and town energy planning and to enhance community input into the siting of energy projects.

WATER TESTING NEAR ESSEX AND WINOOSKI SITES TEST CLEAN FOR PFOA

Gov. Peter Shumlin released today preliminary test results from private water supplies surrounding two former wire-coating facilities in Essex and Winooski.  All samples showed no presence of the potentially harmful chemicals PFOA and PFOS.

PRIVATE DRINKING WATER WELLS SOUTH OF BENNINGTON LANDFILL POSITIVE FOR PFOA

Gov. Peter Shumlin today released drinking water test results for PFOA from a new area of testing south of the Bennington Landfill. Of the 40 wells, three had no detection of PFOA, three had below 20 parts per trillion, and 34 had detections above 20 parts per trillion. The highest detection in was 201 ppt. Vermont's health advisory level for drinking water is 20 parts per trillion. The majority of the new results were from residences with private wells.

GOV. SHUMLIN ANNOUNCES PITTSFORD FIRE ACADEMY AREA TESTS CLEAN FOR PFOA

Gov. 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

Mayor Miro Weinberger Announces Preliminary Agreement with Property Owner to Redevelop Burlington Town Center...

Redevelopment would create and preserve hundreds of downtown jobs and homes and completely rebuild and modernize mall’s downtown retail; Agreement commits owner to restoring public streets lost during Urban Renewal, paying construction workers livable wages, developing more than 50 permanently affordable home

GOV. SHUMLIN HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS IN REDUCING HOMELESSNESS AND RE-CONFIRMS COMMITMENT TO ENDING FAMILY HOMELESSNESS...

A year after establishing a commitment to end family homelessness in Vermont by 2020, Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a 28 percent decline in homelessness in the last year and issued a new Executive Order to increase access to affordable housing. The Order calls for owners of housing that receive state funds to make available at least 15 percent of their portfolio of housing units to Vermonters experiencing homelessness.

Part of Miller Brook Protected for Water Quality

The 49-acre Kaiser Farm is nestled into Stowe’s picturesque Nebraska Valley. Christine Kaiser has farmed there for decades, producing eggs, pork, chicken, and goat milk in the valley’s meadows. Christine has managed her grassland and barnyards with an eye towards water quality because Miller Brook passes through the land. She is now working with Vermont Land Trust (VLT), Stowe Land Trust (SLT), and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conserve the farm and make sure the stream is permanently protected.

Unconscoius bias & fair housing 101

Our brains process information differently. When making important life decisions, we weigh a few factors deliberately (slowly). But for hundreds of other factors, we must rely on intuitive judgment — and we weigh these unconsciously (quickly). Even if in our slow thinking we work to avoid discrimination, it can easily creep into our fast thinking

GOV. SHUMLIN OUTLINES NEXT STEPS ON PFOA RESPONSE

Gov. Peter Shumlin today provided an update on the State’s response to the detection of the chemical PFOA in southern Vermont and provided information on additional testing that will be conducted around the state. These additional tests are not a result of specific concerns for drinking water safety. Rather, they are being conducted at sites where the State believes PFOA may have been used in certain manufacturing processes

Gov. Shumlin, Speaker Smith, Pro Tem Campbell Announce Working Group to Study Dam Purchase

Gov. Peter Shumlin, House Speaker Shap Smith, and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell today announced the formation of the Vermont Hydropower Working Group, which will assess the partial or full acquisition of hydropower assets on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers currently for sale by TransCanada. The Working Group will thoroughly but expeditiously consider the potential acquisition of these assets in the coming weeks

Leahy, Sanders, Welch File Brief To DC Circuit Court Supporting Clean Power Plan

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Friday joined 205 other current and former members of Congress in filing an amicus brief supporting the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which would protect public health and create jobs by setting the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gasses.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is considering a challenge to the Clean Power Plan in West Virginia et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency

UPDATE ON SURFACE WATER TESTING RESULTS IN BENNINGTON

Gov. Peter Shumlin today provided an update on surface water testing from Bennington and North Bennington. Ten water samples were taken for testing from local creeks and ponds at locations around the former Chemfab facilities to help determine the source and extent of PFOA contamination.

Housing Opportunity 2016: Building for a Changing World

Join the ULI and Enterprise Community Partners to gain the tools, knowledge, and connections for developing exceptional affordable homes that support broader opportunities for low-income families

The Nature Conservancy and the Vermont Land Trust to Sell Atlas Timberlands

The Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy announced they will sell up to 13 parcels of forestland they own as the Atlas Timberland Partnership, a joint venture the organizations formed in 1997.

Vermont Clean Water Fund Board Will Meet on April 8, 2016

The Clean Water Fund Board will meet on Friday, April 8, at 1:00 PM at the Agency of Transportation 5th Floor Board Room in the Davis Building at the National Life complex in Montpelier. The public is invited to attend.

Vermont Land Trust Invites the Community to Help Shape the Future of Bluffside Farm

Bluffside Farm, 129-acre property located on Indian Point and visible from downtown, is the focus of a conservation project spearheaded by the Vermont Land Trust. Following public walking tours of the property held in January, the land trust has scheduled its first public meeting to learn more about what the community would like to see happen on the land.

GOV. SHUMLIN ANNOUNCES $2.9 MILLION IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Brownfield clean-up and re-development in Richmond and Montpelier, and energy efficient affordable housing in Bennington and Hardwick, are among the eight projects receiving more than $2.9 million in grants from the Vermont Community Development Program announced today

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STUDY SHOWS RECESSION MAKES VERMONT’S HOUSING PROBLEMS HARDER TO SOLVE

MONTPELIER, VT - April 28, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The recession hasn’t made finding affordable housing for average Vermonters any easier, according to a new report released today.

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Secretary of State Jim Condos Urges Vermonters to Register and Vote

Secretary of State Jim Condos would like to remind all Vermonters that the deadline to register to vote in the August 9th Statewide Primary is Wednesday, August 3rd. "Voting is the very basis of our democracy," said Secretary Condos, "I encourage everyone to get out and participate in Vermont's Primary on August 9th."