Vermont has received conditional federal approval for its plan to create a consumer-friendly health insurance exchange.
Vermont is among a number of states that have received word from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that they are compliant with regulations, and have appropriately outlined timelines that will allow them to have a health exchange running by October 1.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state's experience in getting federal assistance in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene makes him sympathetic to efforts by people in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to get help after Superstorm Sandy.
When it comes to federal money to help states set up health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, you might expect that California would rank first and New York second. But here's a surprise: Vermont ranks number 3.
Twenty-four anti-nuclear and environmental groups have joined with the states of Vermont and New York in calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to do a more thorough study of the impacts of storing spent nuclear fuel on the grounds of nuclear power plants.
The groups say the NRC is rushing an environmental review of the risks of nuclear waste storage at reactor sites across the country. The groups include the New England Coalition, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Riverkeeper.
The recently passed fiscal cliff legislation included a one year extension of a wind tax credit, a welcome move for developers in Vermont. The credit is being renewed at the same time that a pair of state senators are calling for a moratorium on wind development.