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Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt. The plant was shut down Dec. 29, and is in the early stages of the decades-long decommissioning.

Vt. Yankee decommissioning challenged by state

Friday, July 31, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. —The state of Vermont and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission don’t always see eye to eye. The state and the feds disagreed over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant when the Vernon reactor was operating. And now that the plant is shut down, the state has challenged the federal agency over emergency planning and decommissioning. Now Vermont … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ashfield Provost Investment Trust, Chester Provost, trustee, to Chester Provost, 1294 Bug Hill Road, $1. Bernardston Roger Buzzell, also known as Roger S. Buzzell, and Pamela Buzzell, also known as Pam Buzzell, and Pamela T. Buzzell to Roger S. Buzzell Investment Trust, Roger S. Buzzell, trustee, Pamela T. Buzzell Investment Trust, Pamela T. Buzzell, trustee, 43 Martindale Road, $1. Roger S. Buzzell and … 0

FERC gets an earful: Scores turn up the heat on regulators over pipeline

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Federal regulators got an earful Wednesday night from nearly 600 people at an environmental scoping hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The region’s entire state legislative delegation, Congressman James McGovern and many others of the dozens of people who signed up late in the afternoon to … 1

Area legislators give look at evolving budget

Friday, June 26, 2015

While they weren’t able to talk about the details of a finished state budget as they have in years past, state legislators at Friday’s annual Franklin County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast did highlight several initiatives taking shape … 0

New energy preserves vibrant future for local pectin business

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — With an extreme makeover, Pomona is jammin’! For more than 30 years, Connie Sumberg has been Pomona’s Universal Pectin, the jamming goddess of probably millions of home canners around the country. Working from her Conway Street … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands, June 26, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bernardston Shirley L. Grahame Estate, Gordon W. Grahame, Jr., individually and execccutor, and Victoria L. Kelliher of Guilford, Vt., formerly known as Victoria L. Grahame, to Jeffrey Kelliher and Victoria L. Kelliher of Guilford, Vt., 322 Martindale Road, $171,000. Heather Langlitz, also known as Heather R. Langlitz, also … 0

Senate moves Obama’s trade agenda to brink of enactment

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s long-pursued trade agenda took a giant step toward becoming law on Tuesday, and opponents grudgingly conceded they now must fight on less-favorable terrain. A key Senate vote greatly brightened Obama’s hopes for a … 0

Workers say support of pipeline not just about jobs now, but future development (and more jobs later)

Monday, June 22, 2015

For unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s planned Northeast Energy Direct project could represent paydirt, and then some, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 jobs … 3

State nixes anti-pipeline formal intervenor bids

Monday, June 22, 2015

By a single action, the state Department of Public Utilities has formally rejected three petitions related to Berkshire Gas Co.’s proposed long-term contract for gas from Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. With three days of evidentiary hearings scheduled to begin Wednesday in Boston on the … 2

State promises improved funeral home oversight

Sunday, June 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s chief of professional licensure says the state will improve consumer protections and increase the frequency of funeral home inspections. “We have a pretty aggressive goal that we’ve identified of inspecting all licensed establishments within 18 months,” Charles Borstel, DPL’s newly hired executive director told … 0

Entergy allowed to dip into decommissioning fund

Friday, June 19, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — Federal regulators have cleared the way for Entergy Nuclear to tap into the $660 million Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund to help pay for one of the most expensive aspects of decommissioning — handling spent nuclear … 0

Montague business group social coming July 1

Friday, June 19, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Montague Business Association will sponsor a business social July 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Between the Uprights, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Montague Business Association Steering Committee members will be there to hear ideas for what could make business in Montague even better, … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands, June 19

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ashfield Beverly K. Duncan to Beverly Kathleen Duncan Children’s Gift Trust, Stuart Van Cortlandt Duncan Smith and Megan Kathleen Duncan Smith, trustees, 37 Baptist Corner Road, $1. Preston Williams Townsley Estate and Dorothy Nelson Townsley Estate and Preston Williams Townsley & Dorothy Nelson Townsley Declaration of Irrevocable Trust, … 0