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Vanguard Renewables, a national leader in its field,” added Provost. Vanguard currently owns and operates three anaerobic digesters located in Massachusetts.Beyond the renewable energy produced by the digester, the facility will create high-quality, liquid fertilizer that will reduce the farm’s reliance on chemical fertilizers. The farm will also benefit from lower energy costs, free heat for farm use, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and an annual lease payment for hosting the anaerobic digester facility. Located on more than 2,200 acres, the Goodrich Family Farm is a generational dairy farm with 900 milking cows. The farm is a member of the Agri-Mark Cabot Creamery Cooperative.Once it is built, the digester at the Goodrich Family Dairy Farm (pictured above) will produce the largest amount of RNG of any digester in Vermont. Photos by Todd Balfour.“The digester offers help with many of the challenges we face as farmers,” said Chase Goodrich, who is among the fourth generation of his family to operate the farm. “We want to diversify our income sources and find new ways to be environmentally friendly. Here in the Champlain Valley, we’re particularly aware of efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain.” The digester project is currently in the permitting phase. Once permits are in place, Vanguard will begin construction on the digester and Vermont Gas will start work on a 5-mile pipeline along Shard Villa Road that connects the farm with the company’s pipeline network in Addison County.The Goodrich Family Farm anaerobic digester will produce the largest amount of energy or RNG of any digester in Vermont. It will process 100 tons of manure from the farm and 165 tons of organic food waste per day. Vanguard plans to source the organic food waste from local and Vermont-based food manufacturers including Cabot Creamery. Vanguard Renewables and Agri-Mark Cabot Creamery Cooperative won the 2016 American Biogas Council Agricultural Project of the Year for the Farm Powered* anaerobic digester project at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, Mass.The Goodrich Farm digester will produce 140,000 Mcf per year. (A Mcf is 1,000 cubic feet of Renewable Natural Gas.) The College will buy 100,000 Mcf of the gas from Vanguard and Vermont Gas will purchase the remainder.Once the digester is operating, the College will use oil at its heating plant only as a back-up energy source during extreme cold weather or other emergency situations. “We’re especially excited about this project because it’s our first partnership with a college and our first dig... (Vermont Biz)
Miraculously, no serious injuries were reported.The storm packed winds gusting to 82 mph (132 kph) on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 78 mph (125 kph) at the Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire, and 69 mph (111 kph) in Portland, Maine.Some cities and towns across New England postponed trick-or-treating from Halloween night, Tuesday, to as late as Sunday due to concerns about pitch-black streets, downed power lines and debris.In Harpswell, Maine, Samantha Morrell dealt with a tearful 8-year-old daughter after Halloween events were canceled in Harpswell and Topsham, where she has family. Neighboring Brunswick also was discouraging trick-or-treating.“She was hysterical,” Morrell said of her young zombie cheerleader. “She said, ‘They can’t cancel Halloween!’”In Bedford, New Hampshire, 11-year-old Maddie LaCroix and her girlfriends were dressing up as Patriots football players while the boys were dressing as cheerleaders. They were disappointed to have to wait until Sunday.In Rhode Island, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo came up with a solution. She bought hundreds of pieces of candy and said that her home has power, so trick-or-treating kids can “come to the governor’s street.”The storm caused problems across all of New England: A house was swept away by raging waters in New Hampshire, sailboats crashed onto a beach in Massachusetts and an empty construction truck was blown off a bridge.From Maine to Rhode Island, Coast Guard officials were assessing damage. Crews identified more than 50 vessels torn from their moorings. Many of the vessels were unmanned and adrift while others were washed up on shore.In Massachusetts, a sewage treatment plant in North Andover lost power during the storm and spilled 8 million gallons of untreated waste into the Merrimack River, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor said.Because of the power outage, a pump failed to move waste into the treatment plant, allowing the waste to back up and flow in the river, he said.There was no immediate threat to residents, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection was looking into the matter, he said.In Maine, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican, called for an investigation after the state’s only Veterans ... (Greensburg Daily News)
Town of Randolph is committed to pursuing an available and appropriate avenues of appeal, including an appeal to the Massachusetts Superior Courts,” Clifton wrote.The town is a party in the health board hearings on the transfer station, and will “will present expert testimony concerning the appropriateness of locating the facility at the site,” Clifton said.The transfer station also needs other local approvals, such as from the appeals board and conservation commission.In a letter to Holbrook Health Board Chairman Paul Callinan, state Sen. Walter Timilty, D-Milton, and state Rep. William Galvin, D-Canton, said they were strongly opposed to the transfer station.They said it would disrupt transportation patterns in the area and the increased truck traffic would create public safety hazards.The letter also noted the transfer station’s proximity to the Baird McGuire Superfund site.“We stand in firm solidarity with the citizens of the region in opposition to this proposal,” the legislators wrote. “It is our belief that the transfer station will cause more harm than good.”Holbrook officials have supported the transfer station, citing the economic benefits to the town.The health board has until Oct. 26 to reach a decision, but the deadline can be extended. (Enterprise News)
Wednesday Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in Estabrook Hall (lower level) in the Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Massachusetts Ave.Thursday Oct. 12 at 8:45 a.m. in the Community Center cafeteria, 39 Marrett RoadFor more information or should you have any questions or comments, please contact Robert Beaudoin, superintendent of environmental services, by phone at 781-274-8334 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Wicked Local Lexington)
California, Massachusetts, and Indiana. The company crunches, crushes, and crumbles what CEO John Shegerian calls “electronic carcasses.” ERI’s machinery converts that debris into “liberated commodities,” raw materials such as steel, plastic, aluminum, lead, and copper. The company then sells its output to smelters to be melted down and reused.Unfortunately for e-recyclers like ERI, the global market for commodities has taken a steep downturn in recent years. That part of ERI’s business has halved as a share of the firm’s gross income since 2012, Shegerian says. (The company will generate more than $100 million in revenue this year.)To maintain profitability, ERI has repositioned itself as a secure method of electronic disposal, capitalizing on growing concern over security. Customers are ready to pay up, Shegerian says, to properly dispose of devices that might contain traces of either customer or employee data or trade secrets.Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter.Plus, consider the threat to national security. Tom Sharpe, vice president of SMT Corp., a firm that runs quality assurance on computer parts for the defense industry, warns that counterfeit chips, often salvaged from e-waste in China, have a tendency to reenter supply chains.“A lot of people like to look at this as dirty garbage—let’s get it as far away from us as possible,” Sharpe says. “That’s had a boomerang effect. It’s been coming back at us for some time now as counterfeit parts.”Turns out e-waste isn’t just an environmental menace, but a cybersecurity one too.A version of this article appears in the Sept. 15, 2017 issue of Fortune with the headline "Dead, But Not Forgotten." ... (Fortune)