Court OKs settlement between State of Vermont and Saint-Gobain over PFOA

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On Monday, the Bennington Superior Court granted the State of Vermont’s motion to enter the Consent Order between the state and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation. The Consent Order memorializes the settlement agreement between the state and Saint-Gobain for PFOA contamination in western portions of Bennington and North Bennington. Under the settlement, Saint-Gobain will fund municipal water line extensions costing an estimated $20 million and conduct an expedited investigation in the eastern portion of the Bennington site. Saint-Gobain bought Chemfab in 2000. In Bennington, the Chemfab plant produced Teflon-covered fabrics. The Teflon-coating process is considered the source of the PFOA.(link is external) “I am very pleased that the Court has entered Vermont’s settlement agreement with Saint-Gobain” said Governor Phil Scott. “We can now begin the real work of extending water lines to more than 200 residents of Bennington and North Bennington impacted or at risk of being impacted by PFOA. This is the result of many months of hard work by the Agency of Natural Resources and Attorney General’s Office working with state legislators and local officials – across multiple administrations – and the work is not done. The Attorney General and I will continue to push Saint-Gobain to address all residents affected by PFOA contamination. We will not stop until we have long-term drinking water solutions in place for everyone.”“This settlement is a first step,” said Attorney General TJ Donovan. “Work can begin this year to bring clean drinking water to many in Bennington and North Bennington. But the job isn’t done. Clean drinking water is a human right and my Office, with our state and community partners, is committed to fight until everyone gets the clean water they deserve.”The settlement addresses approximately one-half of the Bennington site, roughly to the west of Route 7A. Approximately 200 homes will be connected to a municipal water line, with others receiving a new well or long-term point-of-entry-treatment (POET) filters. Under the settlement, Saint-Gobain is responsible for providing clean drinking water to homes in this portion of the site until long-term sampling shows that PFOA is below the State’s standard of 20 parts per trillion (ppt). Saint-Gobain has also agreed to conduct an expedited investigation in the other half of the site, roughly east of Route 7A. The State is continuing negotiations with Saint-Gobain regarding the eastern portion of the site.The Consent Order was filed in late July and announced at a public meeting in Bennington that evening. A thirty-day public comment period followed the filing. At a status conference in Bennington Superior Court last week, the Court requested more information from the parties. The parties provided that the next day and the Court’s October 2, 2017 Order followed.Related Documents:Pleadings by Agreement (7/26/17)(link is external)Stipulation for Entry of Consent Order, with Consent Order (7/26/17)(link is external)Consent Order Appendices (7/26/17)(link is external)Letter regarding Public Comment Period (8/22/17)(link is external)Letter regarding Entry of Consent Order (8/29/17)(link is external)Motion for Entry of Consent Order (9/29/17)(link is external)Entry Order (10/2/17)(link is external)Consent Order Fact Sheet (7/26/17)(link is external)Consent Order FAQ (7/26/17)(link is external)Vermont AG: Oct 4, 2017last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgSuperintendent Jim Hinson and Linda Roser. Photo via Shawnee Mission School District.Shawnee Mission honors outgoing education foundation director. Shawnee Mission administrators, teachers and supporters gathered this week to thank Linda Roser for her years of successful service as executive director of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation. Roser is retiring from the post after eight years. [Shawnee Mission Thanks Retiring Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Director — Shawnee Mission School District]Westwood holding public safety meeting tonight. “This is My Neighborhood” public safety community meeting will be held by the Westwood Police Department at 7 p.m. tonight at city hall. The following description of the meeting is posted by the police department: “It’s based off some of the interactions we’ve had in which many residents have demonstrated their pride, concern and ownership of your neighborhood and what happens there. We want to build on that and encourage more of that interaction. To have each of you looking out for one another more, calling us when you see something suspicious and using basic crime prevention tactics to make your neighborhood even safer.”Textile recycling pilot period coming to a close. Assistant City Administrator Wes Jordan told the Prairie Village City Council that the year-long pilot period on the textile recycling program was nearing its end, and city officials would be talking with Team Thrift representatives about how and whether to continue the program. Jordan acknowledged that the amount of revenue the program has generated for the city’s municipal foundation has fallen well short of projections.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

Caenen Castle property in Shawnee being sold via auction

first_imgThe historic Caenen Castle building in Shawnee is being sold via auction.A unique piece of property in Shawnee is being marketed for sale in an unconventional way.About a year after the property first went on the market, the Caenen Castle at 12401 Johnson Drive is being sold at auction.Built in 1907 based on the design of the Chateau Chavaniac in France, the building in recent years housed Renee Kelly’s Harvest restaurant. When the restaurant closed in October 2017, the owners started renting out the location as an event venue. The three story building is has about 6,600 square feet of space.Cates Auction Real Estate Company is managing the auction of the property, and is hosting tours July 17 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The property was initially listed at $1.8 million, but the seller’s reserve on the auction is $775,000.Bidding will be open through Tuesday, July 30.last_img read more

UWF Volleyball Defeats Loyola-New Orleans, 3-1

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida volleyball team (12-4, 3-0 GSC) defeated Loyola-New Orleans, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18 at the UWF Field House. Chelsea Wilhoite led the Argos with 15 kills and hit .323 for the night. Gina Gill had 13 kills for the Wolfpack.In set one, back to back aces by setter Molly Pearce (Tallahassee) put the Argos up 10-6. West Florida later built a 15-9 lead with a kill by Kara Gonzalez (St. Augustine). A Katie Johnson (Tallahassee) kill put the Argos up 24-20 and another Johnson kill gave UWF set one, 25-21. Johnson and Chandler Carney (Indianapolis, Ind.) both had four kills in the set, as the Argos outhit the Wolfpack, .229 to .074.A kill by Wilhoite (Jacksonville) tied set two at 3-3 early. An attack error by Johnson and a bad set by Pearce gave the Wolfpack the 11-7 lead. A Carney kill tied the set, 21-21. A bad set by Abby Timmer (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and a kill by Amanda Oldani put the score at 24-22 and set up set point for Loyola-New Orleans. A kill by Kailey Tuthill gave the Wolfpack set two, 25-23. A kill by Timmer tied set three, 9-9. This was the start of a nine point run by the Argonauts, which included two Johnson kills, an ace by Anna Stoecklein (St. Charles, Mo.) and a kill by Carney. The Wolfpack came within three at 20-17 on an attack error by Argo Jamie Nichols (Crawfordville). A Timmer kill gave UWF set three, 25-18. UWF took an early 8-3 lead in set four on a kill by Timmer. Back to back kills by Johnson and Timmer made the score 12-6, UWF. Back to back kills by Nichols gave UWF the 17-12 lead. Loyola-New Orleans went on a five point run later in the set to make the score 21-18, UWF. A kill by Carney from Pearce gave UWF set four and the match, 25-18. The Argos will be on the road for the next six matches. This coming weekend, UWF will travel to face North Alabama on Friday at 7 p.m. and Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday at 1 p.m. UWF will face Saint Leo on the road on Thursday, October 14 before competing in the Florida Southern Regional Crossover October 15-16. Live audio for all of these matches will be available on information on all UWF Athletics, visit — –____________________________________________________________________________________                            Short Box Score (Match)                          2010 West Florida Volleyball          Loyola vs #23 West Florida (Oct 05, 2010 at Pensacola, Fla.)  West Florida def. Loyola 25-21,23-25,25-18,25-18  Loyola (14-11, 2-1 SSAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Gina Gill 13-1-2;  Kailey Tuthill 9-0-0; Sabrina Stansberry 7-1-2; Lindsay Mullinix  5-0-2; Ashley England 3-0-4; Samantha Worsham 3-0-1; Amanda Oldani  1-1-0; Totals 41-3-7.0. (Assists) – Samantha Worsham 35. (Dig leaders)  – Amanda Oldani 16; Alex Blitzer 10  West Florida (12-4, 3-0 GSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Chelsea Wilhoite  15-1-4; Chandler Carney 12-0-0; Katie Johnson 11-0-3; Kara Gonzalez  8-0-4; Abby Timmer 8-0-5; Jamie Nichols 7-0-1; Molly Pierce 0-3-0;  Tricia Tirabassi 0-1-0; Anna Stoecklein 0-1-0; Totals 61-6-9.0.  (Assists) – Tricia Tirabassi 30; Molly Pierce 24. (Dig leaders) –  Katie Johnson 16; Anna Stoecklein 14  Site: Pensacola, Fla. (UWF Field House)  Date: Oct 05, 2010   Attend: 124     Time: 1:31           Referees: David Fewell, Lori DueittPrint Friendly Version UWF Volleyball Defeats Loyola-New Orleans, 3-1 Sharecenter_img UWF volleyball player Chelsea Wilhoite last_img read more

Kraft fires record-setting round at Thanksgiving Point to lead Utah Championship

first_imgPaul Imondi32-36—68 Stephan Jaeger33-35—68 Mark Anderson37-36—73 Luke List36-40—76 Carlos Sainz Jr36-38—74 Frank Lickliter II37-37—74 Sung Kang33-35—68 Cameron Wilson36-35—71 Matt Weibring36-34—70 Jorge FernandezValdes38-37—75 Kent Jones35-36—71 Greg Yates34-41—75 Aron Price34-38—72 Matt Fast33-37—70 Andy Winings35-37—72 James Driscoll37-33—70 D.J. Trahan38-35—73 Brad Elder36-38—74 Patrick Stolpe43-41—84 Rob Oppenheim37-39—76 Chase Wright35-36—71 Drew Scott34-38—72 Tommy Gainey35-36—71 Jin Park38-35—73 Marc Turnesa33-37—70 Kevin Foley33-39—72 Ted Brown40-36—76 Sebastian Cappelen38-34—72 Shane Bertsch34-35—69 Sam Love36-39—75 Trevor Immelman34-37—71 Justin Hicks37-34—71 Troy Matteson35-35—70 Rick Lamb33-37—70 Wes Roach35-37—72 Hunter Hamrick34-35—69 Brad Adamonis36-35—71 Kyle Thompson39-35—74 Michael Arnaud36-39—75 Steve Marino35-39—74 Jamie Lovemark36-37—73 Chris Baker34-41—75 Steve Allan33-36—69 Charlie Wi35-34—69 Tom Whitney34-37—71 Michael Kim33-37—70 Matt Davidson32-35—67 Niall Platt38-38—76 T.J. Vogel39-33—72 Bryden Macpherson35-37—72 Chris Wilson41-38—79 Tyler Duncan39-37—76 Hao Tong Li39-40—79 Rod Pampling33-36—69 Lucas Lee34-38—72 Hugo Leon32-38—70 Tyler McCumber34-33—67 Mark Silvers39-40—79 Richard H. Lee34-36—70 Oliver Goss40-39—79 Greg Eason31-37—68 Zack Fischer35-41—76 Mark Anguiano36-35—71 David Vanegas36-41—77 Adam Long35-36—71 Roland Thatcher36-36—72 Travis Bertoni38-33—71 Tyler Aldridge34-36—70 Miguel A. Carballo36-34—70 John Mallinger35-37—72 Trey Mullinax34-38—72 Keith Clearwater36-36—72 Ryan Blaum35-32—67 Scott Parel36-37—73 Brad Schneider36-35—71 Jeff Corr35-34—69 Casey Wittenberg34-39—73 Henrik Norlander36-33—69 Josh Teater35-40—75center_img Martin Piller37-38—75 Abraham Ancer34-34—68 Rick Cochran III33-34—67 Seamus Power35-41—76 Dicky Pride37-37—74 Tag Ridings37-36—73 Andrew Yun36-36—72 Dustin Bray36-38—74 Ryan Spears34-32—66 Erik Barnes35-37—72 Patton Kizzire33-34—67 Brett Drewitt36-37—73 Brock Mackenzie37-38—75 Brandon Hagy33-37—70 Nicholas Lindheim34-33—67 Jhared Hack35-38—73 Julian Etulain33-40—73 John Chin34-36—70 Conrad Shindler38-35—73 Hans Reimers37-34—71 Garth Mulroy36-35—71 Si Woo Kim37-36—73 Rhein Gibson32-36—68 Smylie Kaufman39-35—74 Jason Allred38-35—73 Andrew Loupe35-38—73 Aaron Watkins38-36—74 Curtis Thompson34-39—73 Jeff Gove37-32—69 Joe Affrunti37-33—70 James Nitties36-41—77 LEHI — Before the start of the Tour Utah Championship, tournament director Mark Whetzel predicted a score of 10- to 12-under par would be the winning score after four rounds at the long, tough Thanksgiving Point Golf Club.How about such a score after one round?Kelly Kraft, a 26-year-old from Denton, Texas, came within a couple of inches of shooting 10-under par in the first round Thursday as his eight-foot birdie putt on the final hole slid just past the hole. As it was, Kraft finished with a course-record 9-under-par 63 to take a three-stroke lead after the first 18 holes of the $650,000, 72-hole tournament.Following his round, Kraft just shrugged off the idea of the 7,677-yard Thanksgiving Point course being overly tough, saying, “It was a fun round of golf. I hit the ball at the hole and made some putts and it ended up being 9-under.’’While Kraft went super low in breaking Mike Weir’s course record of 64, there were plenty of red numbers on a pretty benign day at Thanksgiving Point where the wind didn’t come up until mid-afternoon and then was fairly mild.Ryan Spears, a 29-year-old from Oklahoma, shot a 6-under-par 66, while eight players, including Tour leading money-winner Patton Kizzire, shot 67 and 10 golfers shot 68. In all, 69 players shot under par, meaning it will likely take a score of even-par or better to make the 36-hole cut (low 60 players and ties) after Friday’s round.Kraft came into the tournament ranked No. 4 on the Tour money list with $199,964, which virtually assures him of a spot in the top 25 and a ticket to play next year’s PGA Tour. He said that assurance helps him to play more “freewheeling” and relaxed, but he’s still hoping to move up to the No. 1 spot, which he would do with a win ($117,000) this week.“That’s been my goal ever since I won in Louisiana because it’s such a huge deal. It gets you exempt from reshuffles and would fully exempt me into a lot of events on the PGA Tour especially during my rookie year,’’ he said. “It’d be nice to get that spot, but I’m just looking to finish the year off strong. I’m looking forward to the last four or five tournaments.’’In Thursday’s round, Kraft didn’t make a bogey and put seven birdies and an eagle on his scorecard.Kraft, who played in the morning under calm conditions, started on the back nine and began with a birdie at the first hole, sinking a 20-footer from the fringe and added another birdie from the fringe at No. 13. He eagled No. 14 when his 4-iron from 220 yards ended up four feet away and then he hit a 6-iron at the 205-yard par-3 to within four feet and sank the birdie.On his second nine he hit to within a foot at No. 1 for a birdie, sank birdie putts of eight feet at No. 4 and 12 feet at No. 5, then birdied from five feet at No. 8. At the 9th hole where some fans had gathered to see him finish, his 9-iron shot elicited cheers when it nearly went in the cup, but he couldn’t sink the downhill putt for birdie.Spears, who is ranked No. 36 on the Tour money list, birdied the first two holes, then added birdies at 10, 14, 16 and 17 on the back in a bogey-less round.Others at 67 besides Kizzire are Matt Davidson, Bronson Burgoon, Rick Cochran III, Peter Tomasulo, Tyler McCumber, Nicholas Lindheim and Ryan Blaum.Kraft wasn’t playing that well coming into the tournament, having missed three of his last five cuts and making just over $7,000 in two other events. However after playing in the Stonebrae Classic in northern California last week, he went to Pebble Beach and “hung out with friends’’ for a few days, then spent several days working with his swing coach. So he came into Utah refreshed and ready to go.“I’m looking forward to another fun round,’’ he said. “I imagine the course will play a little different and the wind may pick up and make it a little more firm. I’ll just go out, hopefully play well and hit some fairways. I’m playing well and looking forward to the rest of the week. ’’Kraft will tee off at 1:13 p.m. Friday.TOURNEY NOTES: Gipper Finau, who has played Thanksgiving Point as his home course for several years, got off to a rough start with five bogeys on the front nine and then had a quadruple bogey 9 on the par-5 14th hole and finished with an 81. … Orem’s Keith Clearwater, who got in the tournament on a sponsor’s exemption, shot an even-par 72 and stands in a tie for 70th place. … Also coming in at 72 were 2011 winner J.J. Killeen and T.J. Vogel, who won the U.S. Public Links tournament in Utah at Soldier Hollow in 2012. … Former Masters winner (2008) Trevor Immelman shot a 1-under-par 71. … The final two rounds will be televised in prime time on the Golf Channel, meaning the final groups won’t tee off until 2:30 p.m. and will finish around 7 p.m. … The highest round of the day belonged to Patrick Stolpe, who was the co-medalist at Monday’s qualifying tournament with a 65 at Oakridge CC, but shot 84 Thursday.ScoresThursdayAt Golf Club at Thanksgiving PointLehi, UtahPurse: $650,000Yardage: 7,677; Par 72 (36-36)First RoundKelly Kraft32-31—63 Bronson Burgoon31-36—67 Alex Kim38-37—75 Jeff Curl36-37—73 Joel Dahmen38-38—76 Nathan Tyler35-36—71 Brett Stegmaier36-37—73 Brent Witcher39-36—75 Brady Schnell40-35—75 Dawie vander Walt36-38—74 Kelvin Day35-35—70 Bronson La’Cassie36-34—70 Richy Werenski36-38—74 Tim Herron35-39—74 Peter Malnati34-36—70 Manuel Villegas32-36—68 Justin Martinson40-35—75 Hunter Haas37-38—75 J.J. Killeen35-37—72 Tain Lee37-36—73 Adam Crawford32-38—70 Roberto Diaz37-35—72 Harold Varner III36-36—72 Cody Gribble34-36—70 Scott Harrington34-35—69 Corey Nagy37-33—70 Todd Baek39-36—75 Ashley Hall33-36—69 Mikey Moyers40-36—76 Gipper Finau41-39—80 Ben Kohles35-39—74 Edward Loar37-35—72 Brad Hopfinger36-35—71 Mathew Goggin35-38—73 Alistair Presnell33-37—70 Peter Tomasulo36-31—67 Kevin Tway34-34—68 Alex Aragon34-34—68 Darron Stiles35-37—72 Drew Stoltz39-38—77 Brad Fritsch36-40—76 Andrew Landry35-38—73 Ted Purdy34-35—69 Brian Richey35-41—76 Michael Hebert36-34—70 Craig Barlow34-34—68last_img read more