Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and Ron Shems, Chair of the Vermont Natural Resources Board, are holding public hearings in October on improving Vermont’s environmental and land use permitting processes. The purpose of the hearings is to hear from Vermonters about what works and what needs improvement in the ANR, Act 250 and municipal permitting and appeals processes. ‘It is important to hear from the public,’ said ANR Secretary Markowitz, ‘so we can address real issues people are experiencing in our environmental permitting process.’ Public input is sought on the following questions:How can each permit process best assure predictability and timeliness? How can each permit process best assure transparency and citizen input? What environmental permit processes can be consolidated? How can we avoid duplication in the permit process? How can we lower expenses in the permit process? Should the process be the same for a routine environmental permit (e.g., wastewater) as for a more complex permit (e.g., an Act 250 permit for a large project)? Are there other procedural issues in the environmental protection process to address?‘Our goal is to improve the permitting process where it needs fixing, without reducing environmental protection,’ said NRB Chair Ron Shems. Markowitz and Shems will be making recommendations to the Legislature in January 2012.The public hearings are being held around the state, as follows:Comments are also being accepted in writing and by email. For details, see: http://www.nrb.state.vt.us/news.htm(link is external) or contact Melanie Kehne at the Natural Resources Board at 802-828-3305.##
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Press Association “It’s the biggest game of the year for us, finishing off the November series. “And after last week we didn’t do the jersey justice.” Admitting huge frustrations in Ireland’s failure to transfer their training-field progress to the Wallabies contest, O’Mahony said Schmidt’s side must not get caught up in the myths that encircle New Zealand. He said: “We must have a performance to be proud of, and that shows how hungry we are to play for Ireland. “It’s frustrating because we’ve put some great work in, so for it not to come to fruition, we can’t blame anyone but ourselves. “It’s so frustrating we’re not showing everyone how good we can be. “They are not machines, they make mistakes when they are under pressure. “If you get your detail and intensity right, then you can put pressure on them.” Jonathan Sexton will start at fly-half against New Zealand despite suffering a hamstring strain and being withdrawn at half time in the four-try Australia defeat. Ireland’s assistant coach Les Kiss rejected any suggestion starting the Racing Metro playmaker will be a risk this weekend. Joe Schmidt admitted he would have selected Ulster’s Paddy Jackson to start had Sexton failed in his fitness bid. But with Sexton fit, Schmidt has handed Ian Madigan the understudy role from the bench, drawing on the Leinster pivot’s ability to play at centre and full-back too. Kiss said both fly-haves in Ireland’s squad are ready to take on the reigning world champions. He said: “Jonny looks fine, he was tight at half time last week “We expect 80 minutes from him, and he expects 80 minutes from himself. “Ian Madigan’s been with us for the last three weeks, nearly four now, and he’s ready. “So I’ve got absolute faith he’ll do a job for us if called into action from the bench.” Loose forward O’Mahony said it is all very well Joe Schmidt’s men being passionate within the squad – but now they must show it to the public too. He said: “We need to have a bit of that fire and intensity for ourselves. “The fans, we haven’t given them anything back for their support. “I want them to see how much it means to us to play in an Irish jersey. “I want them to see the whites in our eyes on Sunday, see our desire – that’s important to us. “We had an honest meeting on Monday where a good load of things were brought to light. “People put their hands up and we put it to bed. “We were a bit passive, and as an eight at home, that’s the last thing we wanted to see. The Munster captain has conceded Ireland owe it to their supporters to right the wrongs from last weekend’s 32-15 defeat Australia when they take on the All Blacks. Ireland will close their Guinness Series autumn schedule on Sunday, gunning to deny New Zealand their 14th consecutive victory of 2013 and the perfect season. Peter O’Mahony admits Ireland’s underperforming stars must prove how much international rugby means to them against New Zealand on Sunday.
Submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston CountyBoys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County recently received a $10,000 gift from The Verizon Foundation.The Verizon Foundation is donating $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, in keeping with its commitment to integrate technology in education to enhance learning and support organizations that spark student interest in STEM fields.The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Wireless dedicated to solving critical social issues in the areas of education, healthcare and energy management particularly in underserved communities. This grant funding will provide much needed support to Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County’s Science Exploration Series program in the 2015-2016 academic year.The Science Exploration Series, a monthly, hands-on learning experience is led by Saint Martin’s University students and faculty and connects Club kids to new trends, topics and fun associated with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Youth are exposed to potential STEM-related careers while becoming familiar with a local university in their own backyard.“I like going there and having a whole new perspective on things like what ‘pi’ is or learning how math is all around us. I liked the rocket project and using coordinates and angles to get the best launch,” said Club member, Alexandria. The kids aren’t the only ones thrilled with the partnership. Our Tumwater Club’s Education Coordinator Kaila Rants says, “I appreciate that these SMU student groups have worked hard to find projects that engage the kids and keep them thinking. They are using knowledge gained in school and building on that knowledge to complete fun projects.”In 2015 the Science Exploration Series served 40 kids from BGCTC’s Lacey, Olympia, Rochester, and Tumwater branches and will continue in the fall. Facebook126Tweet0Pin0