Chloramine study bill passes Senate, House agreement expected

first_imgYesterday, on a voice vote, the Vermont Senate passed legislation that studies alternatives to chloramine in drinking water. The bill, a revised version of H. 80, outlines an engineering study of disinfection methods that the Champlain Water District (CWD) and other water districts in the state could use instead of processes that rely on chloramine as a secondary disinfectant. House concurrence is expected later this week.  The study would be supported by funding from the EPA, secured through efforts by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  An EPA contractor would perform the study.The legislation passed after months of work in the State House by People Concerned About Chloramine (PCAC), and Vermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE).  Its passage comes during national Drinking Water Week, and highlights the serious issues facing water systems around the country.PCAC coordinator Ellen Powell expressed both frustration and hope as the legislation moved forward.  This won t end the suffering, but it will hopefully get us more information, she said.  We re counting on the promises we have gotten that the study will be truly independent, and answer our specific questions.  If it does that, then it will be helpful to everyone, she said.The two groups continue to advocate for a multi-year moratorium to allow those suffering to have some relief, and to allow the CWD to work with regulators and community members to find a better way to provide clean, safe water to all their customers. A time out is really the only way we are going to get a solution to this problem, VCE Executive Director Annette Smith said.  If we didn t think it was possible and safe, we wouldn t support it.  This legislation will help us get us more information to assure legislators that a moratorium is both feasible and prudent, she stated.Chloramine has been linked to hundreds of reported cases of skin, breathing, and digestive problems since the CWD began using it in April 2006.  Chloramine use has also been linked to fish kills, infrastructure degradation, and elevated lead levels in some systems around the country. Reports of health impacts have been reported in over a dozen states.  PCAC and VCE are working with activists in New York, Pennsylvania, California, and other states on the issue.The CWD is currently the only system using chloramine in Vermont, though other systems, including Rutland City and Bennington, are reported to be considering its use. Even though the CWD and regulators continue to deny the connection between the tap water and health issues customers are experiencing, legislators are starting to listen to the people.  For that, we are grateful, Smith concluded.(See p. 2484 of May 6 House Calendar for text: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2010/calendar/hc090506.pdf(link is external) )Source: Vermonters for a Clean Environment, Inc.last_img read more

Martin County police investigating double homicide after finding elderly couple dead

first_imgMartin County Sheriff’s OfficeA 2007 silver Lincoln owned by Donald and Lorraine Smith, who were found dead in the Martin County home on Aug. 28, 2020.Officials are still investigating but are seeking the public’s help and is asking if anyone knows or has seen  anyone who was driving the couple’s Lincoln over the last couple of days to notify them. Martin County officials say an elderly couple was found dead inside their home in Martin County on Friday.Detectives are investigating the case as a double homicide.According to reports, a friend of the couple told officials they had not heard from them, and went to go check on them Friday morning. That’s when the bodies were discovered. Deputies arrived to the scene and said they found Donald and Lorraine Smiths’ bodies in a living room with clear signs of trauma.Sheriff William Snyder said the couple’s silver 2007 Lincoln sedan on Jefferson Street in the Golden Gate neighborhood of Stuart.last_img read more

ACCLAIMED FOLK ARTIST MARTIN SIMPSON IN DONEGAL

first_imgFolk legend Martin Simpson has been described as a “guitarist’s guitarist” and is no stranger to awards for his music.Nominated 26 times in the 12 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including nine times consecutively as Artist of The Year, which he has won twice, this acclaimed musician plays the Regional Cultural Cultural Centre on Friday night.He is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are said to be intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever.There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music.He has written some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and “One Day”.His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.Martin Simpson, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Friday October 17th, 8pm.ACCLAIMED FOLK ARTIST MARTIN SIMPSON IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:folk musicletterkennymartin simpsonRegional Cultural Centrelast_img read more