Public hearings on Vermont permit process in October

first_imgDeb 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.##last_img read more

Andrew Heaney says curveball tribute to Tyler Skaggs ‘something that felt right’

first_imgAndrew Heaney’s first pitch Saturday parachuted into catcher Dustin Garneau’s mitt and appeared to cover the outside corner as it descended, even though it was called a ball.That’s such a small part of the story behind the Angels left-hander’s delivery, though. The offering to Astros leadoff hitter George Springer was a looping curveball that was meant to resemble the curveball Tyler Skaggs threw, a pitch Angels manager Brad Ausmus described as “the curveball from the rafters.” Skaggs, Heaney’s Angels teammate and best friend, died July 1 at age 27.Heaney’s pitch was so slow, the Minute Maid Park radar gun couldn’t register a speed. Heaney told reporters he came up with the idea of mimicking Skaggs’ “calling card” and “claim to fame” earlier in the week and then practiced the pitch while warming up in the bullpen Saturday. “Honestly it was just something that felt right,” he said, per the Orange County Register’s Jeff Fletcher .MORE: Notable sports deaths of 2019Heaney said he asked Garneau to tell Springer the pitch was coming. Springer took it in a show of respect. “It’s an honor to be a part of it and I hope he got something out of it. It’s just a good moment for our sport,” Springer said, per Fletcher.Heaney is hopeful that others will get something out of his public memorial.”You want to honor him. You want people to know that he’s not forgotten,” Heaney said, per Arianna Vedia of the Houston Chronicle . “You want people to understand and see how much he meant to all the guys in here.”last_img read more