Radio Free Vermont: Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

NY Supervisors Approve I-P Tire Burn

Essex County supervisors today aproved an experimental tire burn by the International Paper company -- the largest private employer in Essex County, N.Y.

Plans to conduct the tire- burn have met with protest since the project was announced . The protesters say the fumes will be carried across Lake Champlain to Vermont and increase the heavy metal emissions from the mill. Today the supervisors voted in favor of allowing the county's biggest employer to conduct a two week test of burning tires.

HazMat Hoax Shuts Down Times Argus

"We tested for radiation, we tasted for flammable organics and we tested for anthrax," explained Chris Herrick of the Vt. Haz-Mat Response Team. "It acted like salt. And when we ran the test, it looks like salt actually. And the tests confirm that." Employees at the newspaper have been put on alert to be cautious of suspicious looking mail. This is now a criminal investigation and the FBI has been contacted since the culprit used the U.S. Postal service to pull this prank.

(Editor's note: If you did this prank, prepare to be prosecuted in Federal court and you *will* go to federal prison. Count on it.)

Truck and Driver Plunge Off I-91 into Black River

Rescue efforts were underway this morning...

Group hopes to question guard use on Town Meeting Day

A number of anti-war groups want Congress to limit federal control over state National Guard units and the Vermont Legislature to study the use of the state's guard in the war on Iraq. While the passing of the resolution will not bring the state's troops home immediately, organizers have said the purpose of the effort is to stimulate discussion across the state about federal use of the National Guard in this war and the evidence presented by President Bush and his administration to invade Iraq.

Vermont Guard to serve in new combat force

The Vermonters from the 1st Battalion of the 172nd armor regiment, who normally train to fight in heavy M-1 main battle tanks, will become part of combat teams formed around National Guard units from Mississippi, Hawaii and Pennsylvania.

The combat teams are designed to be lighter, more flexible and more lethal than traditional armored units, said Vermont National Guard Deputy Chief of Staff Col. Jon Farnham.

"The idea is to break traditional brigade structures into smaller, more specialized units," Farnham said.