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Re: “Two Men's Trash: How Casella Waste Systems Converted Garbage Into a Sprawling Empire

Wondering if this knowyourassumptions guy has ever been to the Vt State House.

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Posted by bobstannard on 03/23/2019 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Two Men's Trash: How Casella Waste Systems Converted Garbage Into a Sprawling Empire

I would add that hes one of the few people who threatened my life. I had just successfully won a legitimate bid to take the waste from the Town of Fair Haven. After the meeting John and I met in the parking lot where he aggressively threatened me if I didnt stay out of his way.

I never liked bullies. We kept competing against him until the time came where we, too, were bought out by him. It was rather fun selling him back the business I was able to competitively take away from him. I would disagree with my old friend, Rep.. Tony Klein; John Casella is not a nice man at all. Oh ,he can be charming when need be, but nice? I would never use that word to describe him.

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Posted by bobstannard on 03/22/2019 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Two Men's Trash: How Casella Waste Systems Converted Garbage Into a Sprawling Empire

From 1990-95 I worked for a company that competed against Casella. It was quite an education. The short story of the rise of Casella in the world of garbage was that he cheated. His contracts were not the results of a typographical error that took 9 years to fix. His disposal practices were as shady. Do a little research into the Whitehall landfill if you want to see how this company and this man operate. A local guy had called me to say that they were illegally accepting hazardous waste. I took a ride over and met the guy. We went to the landfill and sure enough when we arrived there were about a dozen, 5-gallon pails with bright red skull & cross bones emblazoned on the buckets. I pulled out my camera and started taking pictures. Two thugs immediately came racing across the yard demanding that I give them my car and leave. I left with my camera.

Someone might also be interested in his disposal of countless loads of demolision debris that he dumped behind the Catholic Church in Rutland. It was illegal to dump there and it went there, because it was cheaper than legally disposing of the waste. Thats how he put others out of business. Its pretty simple really.

I used to say that there would be bigger margins in the grocery business if one could steal the food..

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Posted by bobstannard on 03/22/2019 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Bagpipes, Speeches and Drive-By Protesters Mark the Raising of New Trump Flag

I can say that I know Mr. Zupan. It should come as no surprise that he would support a president who is morally bankrupt, crooked; a cheat, a liar and very possibly a witting Russian asset. Lowrance (formerly known as Hari like Hari Krishna I guess) is a right-wing religious extremist. Hes way to the right of Mike Pence if thats even possible. The only real surprise is how on earth he ever got 27% of the vote; other than a broomstick running as a Republican could get 27% of the vote, i guess.

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Posted by bobstannard on 01/14/2019 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Montpeculiar: Retiring Rep Hawks Neckties at the Statehouse

Awesome story.

Posted by bobstannard on 04/21/2018 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Karen Mittelman Takes the Lead at Vermont Arts Council

Vermont is incredibly fortunate to have Karen here and serve as Executive Director of the Vt Arts Council. As Chair of the VAC I can assure you that this was one of the best decisions weve ever made. Great interview!

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Posted by bobstannard on 03/07/2018 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Fast, Cheap and Good? A Closer Look at the Vermont Yankee Deal

This is the old "Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me" deal.

Vermonters got screwed when the PSB at the time allowed Entergy to form an LLC with the VY plant as the only asset. That slick little move was designed to shelter Entergy from liability. Entergy declared that they didn't own the plant and that it was owned by the LLC. We saw the result of this move when it came time to do repairs.

So now what is Entergy up to? They have a dead plant that this new, inexperienced company says it can decommission faster than Entergy (remember Entergy doesn't own the plant and has been counting on the stock market to increase the decommissioning fund that they never put a dime into.

There is still some question as to whether or not Entergy Corp. can be exonerated from liability for this plant with their tricky little LLC maneuver. Selling the LLC to yet another company would be a blessing in disguise for Entergy. They would have reaped huge profits from this plant and finally rid themselves of any/all liability.

That's what this shell game is all about. Avoiding responsibility and liability. We'd all feel a whole lot better if there was some language in this "new deal" that said if Northstar fails that the liability for cleaning up this radioactive mess resorts back to Entergy Corp.

Don't hold your breath.

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Posted by bobstannard on 07/06/2017 at 5:41 AM

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