2011 Water News

  • VRWA to Expand Fee Services - We Need Your Financial Support at This Time

    As has been relayed previously, our EPA source protection & training and technical assistance program officially ended on September 30th due to a Congressional decision earlier this year to zero funding for the noted programs. Some systems have been using our fee services as coordinated by Paula Jackson and we appreciate that very much. Paula continues her fulltime work, which is now split between continuing education training as supported by Vermont Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division (formerly Water Supply Division) and various fee-for-service work.

    Unfortunately, I am relaying some more bad news regarding another upcoming program loss for VRWA. We have received notice our one remaining source protection planning program as managed by Liz Royer will end on February 1, 2012.

    Given these recent revenue losses, we are actively seeking out other funding support to keep Paula and Liz on staff and continue to offer the services they have provided. We need your help and support at this time to insure that can be achieved. Please consider hiring Vermont Rural Water Association for various fee services being conducted by Paula and soon to be conducted by Liz. Services VRWA is able to offer on a fee basis are quite comprehensive, covering many areas for the water sector.

    VRWA fee services as led by Paula Jackson are listed below. Please contact her at 802-660-4988 ext. 332 or by email for more information or to schedule the work.

    • Leak detection.
    • Water audits.
    • Location services for infrastructure items such as valves, curb stops, manholes, storm drains and related appurtenances in your system.
    • Development of tie distance records.
    • Mapping services for creation of accurate up-to-date reference maps for your system.
    • Preparation and updates of Operation and Maintenance Manuals, Emergency Response Plans and Vulnerability Assessments.
    • Sampling assistance.
    • Assistance completing and processing of various regulatory information.
    • Onsite support for treatment process optimization such as chlorination / disinfection start up and optimization, corrosion control issues, iron treatment.
    • Assistance on preparing for a state sanitary survey and support assistance to address issues following the survey.

    Liz Royer is the lead coordinator for additional fee services listed below, and to be offered by VRWA in the first part of 2012. Please contact Liz at 802-660-4988 ext. 336 or by email for more information or to schedule the work.

    • Source Protection Plans and updates
    • GPS work and various mapping services for your water, wastewater, or stormwater system.
    • For larger scale GIS / Mapping projects, contact Liz Royer so VRWA can prepare a proposal and cost estimate for you.

    We can conduct the work on an hourly basis, plus travel costs ($56/hour for member systems and $70/hour for non-members systems. Mileage will be billed at 55 1/2 cents per mile). For larger projects, we reserve the right to provide a total project cost. Please do note the lists above are partial. If you have needs in other areas, we can be contacted to discuss pricing options.

    One detail to be aware of, for those systems considered eligible for rural development (RD) funding, we continue to offer no direct cost assistance to you through our two water circuit riders, Brent Desranleau and Aaron Perez and wastewater circuit rider, Wayne Graham. For those RD systems who can afford to hire us for various services, please contact us to discuss the details.

    Hopefully it is clear; our significant need at this time is to generate additional revenue. If you don't have a need for fee services, there are other ways to support VRWA at this time including the following:

    • Become a member if your system isn't.
    • Insure your system renews its membership.
    • Consider an additional cash donation to VRWA. For individuals, donations are tax deductible given our non-profit status.
    • If you cannot support us financially at this time, consider submitting a letter of commendation on the value of our services and be sure to comment on how our services were valuable to your system. It would help at this time for you to include a request to our national representatives to do everything in their power to see rural water funding reinstated. We present given commendation items to our Congressional delegation and to state officials as well so they understand the value and need for these tax dollar supported programs. You can use the following link to submit commendation items http://vtruralwater.org/about/letter.php They can be addressed to me, Shaun Fielder, Executive Director.
  • Upcoming GIS Conference Includes Public Works Session

    The Vermont Center for Geographic Information is holding a mapping conference on January 26, 2012 in Montpelier. Click here for more information.

  • Vermont Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: Request for Priority List Applications

    The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) provides low interest loans to municipalities and certain privately owned water systems for planning, final design and construction of water system improvements that improve public health protection and facilitate compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The DWSRF is now accepting priority list applications for placement on the 2011 DWSRF Project Priority List. The deadline for 2011 priority list applications is Friday, January 20, 2012. The priority list application and schedule for the FY2011 DWSRF Capitalization Grant can be found at www.vermontdrinkingwater.org or can be obtained by contacting Bryan Redmond of the DWSRF Loan Program at 802-654-8969.

    Click here for more information:
    http://www.vermontdrinkingwater.org/DWSRFGuidanceDocuments/
    2011_Priority_List_notification_postcard_(2).pdf

  • Second Round of Lake Champlain TMDL Meetings
    November 14-17, 2011

    For Immediate Release
    November 2, 2011

    Contact
    Emma Schumann
    Agency of Natural Resources
    802-828-5237
    emma.schumann@state.vt.us

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) are jointly holding a series of four meetings to discuss progress on the Lake Champlain Phosphorus cleanup plan, technically referred to as the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). This second round of meetings will be from November 14-17, 2011 and follows the first round of meetings that occurred earlier in October.

    These meetings are the next step in gathering stakeholder input on practices, policies and funding commitments necessary to achieve phosphorus pollution load reductions required by the TMDL. They will also explore additional actions that should be taken if certain nonpoint source actions are not implemented according to the established timeline. The meetings will build on progress described in the Revised Implementation Plan for the Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL, dated January 15, 2010.

    The VTDEC conducted a public process during 2009 which led to a Revised Implementation Plan for the Lake Champlain TMDL. The January 2010 revised plan presented approximately 200 strategies for improving water quality in Lake Champlain. The 2010 implementation plan will be used as a starting point for the upcoming discussions, and is available at: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/cleanandclear/news/TMDL%20impl%20plan%20final%20-%20011510.pdf

    Each of the meetings will focus on an interest sector or geographical area, giving USEPA, VTDEC and VAAFM the opportunity to hear in depth how agencies, organizations and individuals should help implement the TMDL, factors that hinder compliance with the TMDL, and recommendations for next steps.

    The second series of meetings will focus principally on the southern half of the Lake Champlain Basin. Interest sectors represented at this second series of meetings include: southern lake committees, municipalities, agricultural interests, wastewater treatment facility operators, and water supply managers. If you are unable to attend any of these meetings, USEPA, VTDEC and VAAFM would still like to hear from you. Please view the contact information below to arrange other options to participate:

    1. Monday November 14, 1-3:30pm
      Municipal, Wastewater Treatment Facility & Water Supply Sectors
      -Hosted by Vermont League of Cities and Towns
      Middlesex Town Hall
      5 Church St. (corner of Route 2 and Church St.)
      Middlesex, Vermont
      (802)229-9111
    2. Tuesday November 15, 9-11:30am
      Mid-lake Watershed Groups & Municipal Sectors
      -Hosted by Addison County Regional Planning Commission
      Addison County RPC Offices
      14 Seminary Street
      Middlebury, Vermont
      (802) 388-3141
    3. Thursday November 17, 1-3:30pm
      Agricultural Sector
      -Hosted by Poultney-Mettowee NRCD
      Kehoe Conservation Education Center
      636 Point of Pines Road
      Castleton, Vermont
      (802)287-8339 @ Poultney Mettowee NRCD
    4. Thursday November 17, 5-7:30pm
      South Lake Community Geographic Sector
      -Hosted by the South Lake Group
      Green Mountain College, Gorge Room
      1 Brennan Circle
      Poultney, Vermont
      (800) 776-6675
    Your participation is vital to this process and we welcome your input. Meetings are open to the public, and space may be limited, so please RSVP to ensure that space is arranged accordingly.

    To RSVP for a particular meeting of interest, please email Michaela Stickney, VTDEC Lake Champlain Basin Coordinator, at michaela.stickney@state.vt.us

    If you have any questions about the meetings, please call Michaela Stickney at (802)338-4806.

    If you are unable to attend a meeting, please e-mail or call to arrange other options to participate.

  • Update to Contact Information Following Damage at DEC Offices

    The Agency of Natural Resources' main offices in Waterbury sustained heavy damage from flooding during Hurricane Irene.

    Please use the following link for the latest information on how to contact the Water Supply Division: http://www.vermontdrinkingwater.org/staff.htm

    Please use the following link for the latest information on how to contact the Wastewater Management Division: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/ww/staff.htm

  • Vermont Rural Water Association Receives National Recognition

    Vermont Rural Water Association (VRWA), a non-profit based in Essex Junction, recently received two industry awards while attending the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) fall conference event, H2O XPO, in Louisville, Kentucky. The H2O XPO was attended by thousands of water and wastewater representatives from all over the United States. VRWA was one of eleven state affiliates to receive "The NRWA President's Award 2011 - Excellence in Legislative Representation." In the opening session, NRWA President Joe Liles noted that VRWA's efforts insure that the value of rural water services is understood and supported by national and state legislative leaders. In a separate ceremony conducted by RUS Chief Administrator Jonathan Adelstein, VRWA was one of six state affiliates to be recognized for assistance provided to public water and wastewater systems following Tropical Storm Irene. VRWA's team members were on the ground immediately following the storm and assisted many communities in central and southern Vermont to insure that their public water and wastewater infrastructure was functioning properly.

    VRWA's ten team members offer training and technical assistance to public water and wastewater systems all across Vermont. VRWA's mission is to promote public health and a clean environment by providing support to water and wastewater systems. In 2010, VRWA delivered 5,933 hours of continuing education to water and wastewater operators, completed 3,847 hours of onsite assistance, and assisted 18 public water systems with source protection plans. Visit www.vtruralwater.org for more information.

    Shown Left to Right:
    Ed Savage - VRWA President, West Rutland, VT
    Joe Liles - NRWA President
    Shaun Fielder - VRWA Executive Director, Middlesex, VT
    Richard Desautels - VRWA Director, Colchester, VT

  • PRESS RELEASE: Announcing the First Round of TMDL Small Group Meetings

    For Immediate Release
    September 21, 2011
    Contact: Michaela Stickney
    (802) 241-3619

    Waterbury - The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) are jointly holding a series of six meetings to discuss progress on the Lake Champlain Phosphorus cleanup plan, technically referred to as the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The first round of meetings will be from October 4-6, 2011.

    These meetings are the next step in gathering stakeholder input on practices, policies, and funding commitments necessary to achieve phosphorus pollution load reductions required by the TMDL. The meetings will also explore additional actions that should be taken if certain nonpoint source actions are not implemented according to the established timeline. Participants will also hear from a technical team tasked with updating and analyzing watershed and lake modeling data. These meetings will build on progress described in the Revised Implementation Plan for the Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL, dated January 15, 2010.

    The VTDEC conducted a public process during 2009 which led to a Revised Implementation Plan for the Lake Champlain TMDL. The January 2010 revised plan presented approximately 200 strategies for improving water quality in Lake Champlain. The 2010 implementation plan will be used as a starting point for the upcoming discussions, and is available at: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/cleanandclear/news/TMDL%20impl%20plan%20final%20-%20011510.pdf

    Each of the meetings will focus on one sector, giving USEPA and VTDEC the opportunity to hear in depth how agencies, organizations and individuals should help implement the TMDL, factors that hinder compliance with the TMDL, and recommendations for next steps, if compliance is unsatisfactory.

    The first series of meetings will occur October 4-7, 2011 and will focus principally on the northern half of the Lake Champlain Basin. A second series of meetings, focusing on the southern half of the watershed and the role of statewide conservation organizations, is scheduled for November 14-18, 2011.

    The six sectors to be discussed at the first series of meetings that will be specific for the northern half of the Lake Champlain Basin include: northern lake committees, northern municipalities, agricultural interests, nonprofit organizations, stormwater/urban interests, and business interests. If you are unable to attend any of these meetings, USEPA and VTDEC would still like to hear from you. Please view the contact information below to arrange other options to participate:

    1. Tuesday October 4, 10am-12pm
      Agricultural Sector
      Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (NRCD)
      617 Comstock Rd, Suite 1
      Berlin, VT
      Phone: (802) 828-4493 Ext. 113
      → (meet in the UVM Extension conference room in the complex)
    2. Tuesday October 4, 3-5pm
      Northern Municipality Sector
      Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC)
      155 Lake Street
      St. Albans, VT
      (802) 524-5958
      →(meet at NRPC offices)
    3. Wednesday October 5, 11:30am-1:30pm
      Business Sector
      Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce & Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation
      60 Main Street, #100
      Burlington, VT
      (802) 863-3489
      →(meet at LCRCOC offices)
    4. Wednesday October 5, 5:30-7:30pm
      Nonprofit/Mid-lake Watershed Group Sector
      ECHO/Leahy Center
      1 College St.
      Burlington, VT
      (802) 864-1848
      →(meet in Alcove upstairs)
    5. Thursday October 6, 10am-12pm
      Northern Lake Committee Sector
      Lake Champlain Basin Program
      54 West Shore Rd.
      Grand Isle, VT
      (802) 372-3213
      →(meet at LCBP offices)
    6. Thursday October 6, 2-4pm
      Stormwater/Urban Sector
      Lake Champlain Committee
      208 Flynn Avenue, Building 3, Studio 3F
      Burlington, VT
      (802) 658-1414
      →(meet at LCC offices)

    Meetings are open to the public, and space may be limited, so please RSVP to ensure that space is arranged accordingly. To RSVP for a particular meeting of interest, please contact by e-mail: Michaela Stickney, VTDEC Lake Champlain Basin Coordinator, michaela.stickney@state.vt.us

    If you have further questions about the range of public meetings, please either e-mail or call Michaela Stickney at (802)241-3619. If you are unable to attend either group of meetings, please e-mail or call to arrange other options to participate. Your participation is vital to this process and we welcome your input.

  • VRWA Begins Fee For Selected Field Services

    The upcoming end of the rural water EPA training and technical assistance program on September 30th has led us to implement a fee for selected field services effective October 1st. This specifically applies to many of the "privately held" public water systems that Paula Jackson provides various technical assistance to. More specifically, this will be applicable for any systems not eligible for rural development funding. If your system is a so called municipal, fire district, or water co-op, technical assistance at no direct cost is still available and will be provided by other VRWA team members.

    For applicable fee services, systems will be billed from point to point with a travel fee added. The following rates will apply; $56/hour for member systems and $70/hour for non-members systems. Mileage will be billed at 55½ cents per mile. VRWA will only provide the technical assistance if the system agrees to this at the time of appointment scheduling. If you have other service needs, please contact us so we can discuss the details.

  • Safety Considerations for Cleanup and Rebuilding Efforts in the Wake of Hurricane Irene

    Hurricane Irene left a path of destruction across Vermont of record proportions. Now as the task of cleanup and rebuilding infrastructure including roads and bridges, business, and homes starts, it is important to remember that we must remain ever vigilant regarding the safety and health of those employees involved. Often times employees engaged in these activities have limited knowledge and experience of the tasks and the safety and health considerations involved. Consequently this lack of experience and knowledge exposes employees to an elevated risk of injuries and/or illnesses. Dan Whipple, VOSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist will conduct an outreach session on the safety and health concerns, such as falls, electrical hazards, unstable ground, airborne contaminants, etc. that affect employers and employees cleaning up and rebuilding after the storm.

    This outreach training is designed for owners, supervisors, safety persons and employees and will cover the safety and health considerations involved in cleanup and re-building as well as any considerations in re-occupying damaged buildings. This training is designed as an overview session and will cover VOSHA regulations as they apply to the cleanup and re-building efforts. Any and all questions are highly encouraged.

    Also attending these outreach sessions will be staff from FEMA Mitigation Community Education and Outreach. There will be informational handouts available

    The training will be held:
    Thursday September 15th, at the AGC NERSA facility, 1 Graves Street, Montpelier, from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM

    Monday September 26th, at the Springfield Fire Station, 77 Hartness Ave., Springfield, VT from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Tuesday September 27th, at the Department of Health Conference Room in Bennington 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 324 Main Street, Suite #2, Bennington, Vermont 05201

  • Wastewater Operator Certification Exam Re-scheduled

    The Fall 2011 Wastewater Operator Certification Exam will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Confirmations and maps will be sent to individuals who have already pre-registered. No new registrations will be accepted because exam booklets have been ordered. If an individual had previously registered for The Summit in Waterbury, the new location is the Department of Public Works Building in Montpelier VT.

  • A Community, State, and Industry Mourns the Loss of Two of Our Associates

    All of us at Vermont Rural Water Association express our condolences to the Garofano family. Mike Sr. and Mike Jr., while working together on Sunday August 28, both lost their lives while inspecting water system infrastructure during Tropical Storm Irene. We are thinking of their family and the Rutland community at this challenging time. Mike Sr. always invited us with open arms to his facility for a variety of trainings over the years, he always had a smile on his face. As many know he and his son cared deeply about public water and insuring the best for the customers of Rutland City and beyond. They both represented the best our industry has to offer.

    Funeral services for Michael J. Garofano and his son Michael G. will be held Friday, September 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Church in Rutland. Visiting hours for Michael J. Garofano and his son Michael G. will be held Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland. The family is intending to create a memorial fund to honor Michael and his son via the purchase of a plaque or similar item to be placed at the City Reservoir.

    In lieu of flowers, you may send donations payable to the Garofano Memorial Fund, c/o Rutland City Treasurer's Office, PO Box 969, Rutland, VT 05702-0969.

    You can view the full obituary here.

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Garofano family as well as others who have been impacted by Tropical Storm Irene.

  • Notice of Exam Cancellation

    Due to the extreme flooding throughout our state, the wastewater operator certification exam for October 5, 2011 has been cancelled. Additional information will be provided at a later date.

  • Contact Information Following Damage at DEC Offices

    Flooding at the Waterbury office complex has done significant damage to their offices and they are effectively not open at this time. Other DEC offices including wastewater management have been impacted as well. The Water Supply Division is in the process of getting web and email active and finding other office space but it will be some time before implementation.

    Wastewater management voice mail is working. Here is the main number if needed: 802-241-3822.

    For critical communications with the Water Supply Division, please use their pager number and a representative will be back in contact with you. That number is 802-741-5311.

  • VRWA Announces New Team Member on Energy Efficiency Specialist Program

    We are pleased to announce Matthew Burgess started with VRWA on July 5 as our Energy Efficiency Specialist. Matthew took over the role from Dmitri Hudak who ended work with VRWA on June 30.

    Matthew is available to assist public water and wastewater systems across Vermont with initiatives leading to energy efficiency and therefore energy savings at given systems. Since 2005 he has served as the President of the Morristown Corners Water Corporation. As a volunteer board member of Morristown Corners he led that system through the municipal charter process with the Vermont Legislature, and with other system members secured an ARRA loan for improvements including energy efficiency upgrades. He holds a class 4 water operator certification. He is very excited to be joining VRWA and looks forward to assisting various systems on energy efficiency initiatives.

    For more information on opportunities for your system to reduce energy demand please contact Matthew at 802-660-4988 Ext. 338 or email him.

  • Funding Update - Federal Budget Cuts Will Impact VRWA

    While we had very strong support from many Vermont systems we serve and Vermont's Congressional delegation, unfortunately I have to report our rural water EPA programs were one casualty in the FY2011 Continuing Resolution passed by Congress on April 14, 2011. In the final appropriations bill, the rural water EPA program funding was zeroed out.

    The loss of this funding will result in the loss of two programs here at VRWA on August 31, 2011.

    Many of you will probably recall this occurred back in 2007 and we "survived the storm." I have all the confidence VRWA will move forward this time as well and in the end our association will be stronger to the benefit of all we serve. The fact of the matter is, all of us have faced and are experiencing cuts and like it not all of us need to sacrifice a bit these days.

    To get back to the programs that will be lost here at VRWA; the first is our Source Protection Specialist program as managed by Eric Hanson the second is our Training and Technical Assistance program as managed by Paula Jackson.

    For the short term I can report the following; Eric will be leaving our association on April 29, 2011 to take a position with a national hydrogeology firm with an office here in Vermont. I will be taking over the Source Protection Specialist program duties through the end of August. All of us here at VRWA wish Eric the best for the future.

    Paula will remain with VRWA at least through December 2011 and we are looking over all options to keep her on our team beyond this date. We will be releasing more information on anticipated VRWA service changes to all over the next couple months.

    We are not sure what the cards will hold for FY2012 funding, we anticipate all other programs will remain intact and we are optimistic the rural water EPA programs will be reinstated. These budget challenges will require us to make some changes in our service approach as noted above. I am confident we will overcome these challenges and continue to meet our mission to promote public health and a clean environment by providing support to water and wastewater systems.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this through and if you have any questions, please contact me directly. Thank you for your continued support of Vermont Rural Water Association.

    Sincerely,

    Shaun Fielder
    Executive Director

  • VRWA Annual Conference, with The Logger - Rusty DeWees!

    There is still time to register for the 2011 Vermont Rural Water Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, being held May 4th and 5th at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Register before April 15th to take advantage of the early-bird rate. With a variety of excellent training sessions, and entertainment by The Logger, this promises to be a great event!

    Click here for more information: http://vtruralwater.org/industry/conference.php

  • National Legislative Update - Thank you to all those who spoke up for VRWA

    To all,
    I appreciate many of you contacting the offices of Senator Leahy and Senator Sanders over the past week and a half to advocate for continued rural water EPA program funding. Your efforts are making a difference in the legislative process. Late last week Senators Leahy and Sanders did put in a specific request to the appropriate Senate Committee Chair advocating for our rural water program funding as part of the long term continuing resolution for FY2011. A special thank you to our Senators' for their continued support of rural water. In addition be aware Congressman Welch continues to stand up for our association and rural water as well, thanks to him also.

    While we have no guarantees this is very encouraging and a good step toward securing the rural water programs and services moving forward. Be aware many rural water affiliates and team members from the NRWA DC office are working diligently on this issue.

    At this time Congress continues debate on another short term continuing resolution (for a three week period) and eventually will finalize the long term continuing resolution through September 30, 2011. We will keep you posted as more information is made available.

    Again, I appreciate your support and grassroots advocacy for rural water and particularly VRWA.

    Sincerely,

    Shaun Fielder
    Executive Director

  • 2010 DWSRF Draft Intended Use Plan / Public Meeting Announcement

    Click here to view the 2010 DWSRF Draft Intended Use Plan for your review. Below is a table showing the anticipated schedule of milestone dates associated with the 2010 grant (dates other than the Public Meeting are subject to change as necessary).

    The public meeting to receive comments on the draft priority list and FY 2010 Vermont Intended Use Plan will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Summit Training Center - Hazen Notch Room at the Waterbury State Office Complex.

    For more information, visit: http://www.vermontdrinkingwater.org/grants.htm#dwsrf

    Schedule:

    Activity Date
    Public Notice for Priority List Application and Hearing 12/17/2010
    Closeout for Submission of Priority List Applications 1/21/2011
    Complete Initial Draft Priority List and Send out for Comment to Applicants 2/4/2011
    Complete Draft Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the 2010 Grant and Send out Notice of its Availability 2/25/2011
    Conduct Public Meeting 3/11/2011
    Closeout of Public Comment Period 3/25/2011
    Intended Use Plan for 2010 Grant 4/15/2011
    Prepare and Submit Grant Application 6/3/2011
    Anticipated Grant Award and IUP Adoption 9/30/2011

  • EPA Public Hearing Rescheduled

    The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC), the Town of Hartford, U.S. Senator Leahy, U.S. Senator Sanders, and U.S. Representative Welch have requested that EPA convene a public hearing, pursuant to 40 C.F.R. §123.44(e), on the matter of EPA's objection to VTDEC's modification of the VTPDES permit for the White River Junction Wastewater Treatment Facility. On October 6, 2009, VTDEC public noticed a draft VTPDES permit modification for the White River Junction Wastewater Treatment Facility and on November 6, 2009, VTDEC issued the final permit modification. In a February 12, 2010 letter to VTDEC, EPA objected to the modified permit pursuant to 40 C.F.R. §123.44(c) due to procedural and substantive flaws, including failure to include provisions, in accordance with 40 C.F.R. §122.4(d) and §122.44(d), to ensure that the White River Junction Wastewater Treatment Facility does not discharge levels of nitrogen that will contribute to the water quality impairments in Long Island Sound.

    Accordingly, a public hearing will be held on the following date and time:

    DATE: March 2, 2011
    TIME: 3:00 pm
    LOCATION: Bugbee Senior Center
    262 North Main Street
    White River Junction, VT 05001

    Click here to find out more information (pdf).

  • Department of Environmental Conservation
    Proposed Environmental Ticketing Rule
    Public Comment

    The DEC Compliance and Enforcement Division is seeking comments and holding public meetings on the proposed Environmental Ticketing Rule:

    • Written comments by February 17, 2011
    • Two public meetings
      • January 31, 2011 @ 7:00 PM at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce 33 Stewart Road, Berlin, VT 05641
      • February 9, 2011 @ 6:30 PM at the Asa Bloomer office Building, 88 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT
    • Information and draft rule can be obtained at: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/dec.htm

  • EPA's Public Hearing for Hartford

    The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC), the Town of Hartford, U.S. Senator Leahy, U.S. Senator Sanders, and U.S. Representative Welch have requested that EPA convene a public hearing, pursuant to 40 C.F.R. §123.44(e), on the matter of EPA's objection to VTDEC's modification of the VTPDES permit for the White River Junction Wastewater Treatment Facility. On October 6, 2009, VTDEC public noticed a draft VTPDES permit modification for the White River Junction Wastewater Treatment Facility and on November 6, 2009, VTDEC issued the final permit modification. In a February 12, 2010 letter to VTDEC, EPA objected to the modified permit pursuant to 40 C.F.R. §123.44(c) due to procedural and substantive flaws, including failure to include provisions, in accordance with 40 C.F.R. §122.4(d) and §122.44(d), to ensure that the White River Junction Wastewater Treatment Facility does not discharge levels of nitrogen that will contribute to the water quality impairments in Long Island Sound.

    Accordingly, a public hearing will be held on the following date and time:

    DATE: January 12, 2011 - CANCELLED
    TIME: 3:00 pm
    LOCATION: Bugbee Senior Center
    262 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05001

    Click here to find out more information (pdf).


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