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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

EPA Investigates Contaminated Soil in Burlington's Old North End

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 11:12 PM

  • Luke Eastman
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating soil vapors in the Old North End in Burlington after elevated levels of chemicals were detected in a home.

In July, testing at a house on the northern part of Elmwood Avenue revealed two chemicals at levels above federal limits, according to Michael Nahmias, an environmental analyst for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. The department has not yet found the source, he added.

The chemicals are known as perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE). PCE and TCE are commonly used for dry cleaning and can also be found in cleaning products and grease removers. The neighborhood was formerly home to two dry-cleaning businesses.

Exposure can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness and irritation, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Longterm exposure to PCE can lead to changes in memory and mood, and potentially to cancer.

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Chittenden Drop-Off Centers to Eliminate ReUse Zones

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 8:05 PM

The ReUse Zone at the South Burlington drop off center - MOLLY WALSH
  • Molly Walsh
  • The ReUse Zone at the South Burlington drop off center
One man brought in a green plastic sandbox shaped like a turtle. Another went home with a cast-iron frying pan. It was business as usual at the ReUse zone in South Burlington Tuesday, but it won't be for much longer.

All-day scavengers and problems with prohibited items ranging from ammunition to prescription drugs prompted the Chittenden Solid Waste District to announce it will close the ReUse zones at the county's six drop-off centers, effective September 29.

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Republican Super PAC Doubles Pro-Scott Spending Ahead of Primary

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 6:15 PM

Gov. Phil Scott (right) and Republican challenger Keith Stern - GLENN RUSSELL
  • Glenn Russell
  • Gov. Phil Scott (right) and Republican challenger Keith Stern
A conservative political action committee supporting Republican Gov. Phil Scott doubled its spending on Vermont’s gubernatorial race in the first week of August, according to filings with the Secretary of State’s Office.

The super PAC, named A Stronger Vermont and funded by the Republican Governors Association, has spent $216,361 supporting Scott ahead of the August 14 primary.

Republican grocer Keith Stern is running against Scott for the party’s nomination, and the RGA spending days ahead of that vote suggests the national group is concerned that Scott is vulnerable. An RGA spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

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