STORMWATER RULING CHALLENGEDGBIC Files Motion To Stay Water Resources Board DecisionMONTPELIER – The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC), alongwith co-appellants Pomerleau Properties and Martin’s Foods of SouthBurlington, has filed a motion to stay the October 14th NPDES decision ofthe Water Resources Board (WRB). The motion is an effort to protectproperty owners in impaired watersheds from lawsuits in federal courtwhile the appeal of the Board’s decision is pending before the stateSupreme Court.A stay of the decision pending the outcome of the appeal will allow theAgency of Natural Resources (ANR) to renew its efforts to implement Act140, the stormwater solution enacted almost unanimously by the legislaturelast year. Act 140 was the product of months of work by the legislatureand a large group of collaborators that included representatives fromGBIC, the Lake Champlain Chamber, the Vermont Natural Resources Counciland other organizations committed to creating Vermont’s answer to thestormwater pollution problem.The plan that emerged from the legislature would have resulted inimmediate and measurable progress in impaired watersheds, while demandingthat ANR jumpstart its efforts to develop long term plans to bring thewatersheds back into compliance with Vermont standards. Among otherprovisions, it included a unique link between construction projects andcleanup efforts, requiring the financing or construction of cleanup inconjunction with development to offset the runoff caused by a particularproject. Unfortunately, a petition by the Conservation Law Foundation(CLF) and the WRB’s subsequent decision brought such compromises andcollaborative efforts to a halt.”Vermonters need to know that the Water Resources Board’s ruling doesn’tjust affect developers. It has far-reaching consequences that will befelt by everyone from homeowners and farmers to municipalities, schoolsand ski areas,” said Frank Cioffi, GBIC President. “By filing a motion tostay the ruling, GBIC is seeking the right to move forward with efforts torepair the watersheds of northwestern Vermont.”The WRB decision eliminates the vast majority of offset projects thatwould have been available to those seeking interim permits under Act 140by requiring federal permits for existing developments, parking lots,rooftops, basketball courts and driveways, which had never before beensubject to such regulation. Under Act 140, projects like this would havereduced the impact of runoff in impaired brooks because of their inherentoffset requirements.The WRB’s arbitrary extension of the Clean Water Act exceeds anythingcontemplated by the federal government. It has thrown individuals,businesses, organizations and municipalities into regulatory chaos,putting them in violation of federal law and at the mercy of “drive-byplaintiffs” and organizations like the Conservation Law Foundation. GBIC’smotion to stay will provide property owners with some assurance that CLF’sthreatened federal lawsuits will not commence until the state SupremeCourt has had the opportunity to address the substantial issues raised bythe WRB decision. It also frees ANR to move forward with cleaning upimpaired waterways by implementing Act 140 and the offset program whilethe appeal is pending.
Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Sep 2019 1:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Comment Rob Holding could return for Arsenal against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have confirmed that Rob Holding is available for selection ahead of Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie against Nottingham Forest at the Emirates.The 24-year-old has been sidelined since December with a knee injury sustained against Manchester United but has been on the comeback trail in recent weeks.Holding has featured for the club’s U23s since August and stepped up his recovery with a 90-minute display during a 2-1 victory over Leicester City on September 14.Unai Emery included him in Arsenal’s travelling squad for the Europa League clash against Eintracht Frankfurt last Thursday but he failed to make the 18-man squad.ADVERTISEMENT Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney both played an hour during Arsenal U23s draw against Wolves on Friday (Picture: Getty)However, with Arsenal set to play their second game in just over 48 hours against Forest, Holding could be handed a first senior start in over nine months.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s defensive options have been further boosted by Dinos Mavropanos, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney’s returns to fitness over the past couple of weeks.All three were involved in Arsenal U23s 2-2 draw against Wolves on Friday with Mavropanos playing the whole game and Bellerin and Tierney each playing just over an hour.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAlthough Arsenal moved up to fourth in the Premier League by beating Aston Villa 3-2 at the weekend, their defensive vulnerability remains a concern after they conceded two sloppy goals again.Neither David Luiz nor Sokratis Papastathopolous have started the season in good form, while right-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off during the win against Villa.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal confirm Rob Holding is in contention to make Arsenal return against Nottingham Forest