Central Vermont Motorcycles,Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources announced today that Central Vermont Motorcycles, Inc, a powersports dealer and service center in Rutland, is now required to pay a fine of $23,062 for multiple violations of Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Regulations. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recognizes that many businesses and important industries in Vermont generate some amount of hazardous waste during the normal course of business.Hazardous waste is “generated” when the material has exhausted its useful life and has been stored for disposal. DEC’s Waste Management and Prevention Division is authorized by the US EPA to implement hazardous waste regulations and inspect businesses for compliance, and provides the information and support that generators need to comply with state and federal laws. All non-household generators of hazardous waste are required to comply with baseline regulations that protect the health and safety of their own personnel as well as public health and safety, and the environment. Larger generators have more extensive responsibilities, including specific labeling and storage protocol, personnel training requirements, contingency plans for operators and emergency responders, and detailed recordkeeping.“Because of the potential risks inherent in hazardous waste management, we hold generators responsible for taking proactive steps to protect not only public health and the environment, but also the people managing hazardous waste,” says Emily Boedecker, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. “Vermonters expect hazardous waste generators to meet these responsibilities.”During a March 2015 inspection of Central Vermont Motorcycles, DEC personnel identified multiple violations of hazardous waste management regulations. Two 55-gallon drums and dozens of smaller containers were stored on the property and known to hold hazardous materials including bad gasoline, spent antifreeze, and used oil. The actively used waste containers were not stored near the waste generating process, or service activities, which put the waste out of the control of the process operator. The smaller storage containers were stored outside, without protection from rain or snow, and both the drums and containers were not protected from freezing. Additionally, the drums and containers were in various states of disrepair, some were left open, and none were properly marked as hazardous waste. Agency personnel also observed used oil rags were being stored in open, unmarked containers. In addition, staff confirmed the shop burns used oil without first testing to ensure the used oil composition is safe to burn. Finally, Central Vermont Motorcycle staff were unaware of the exact contents of the waste containers, and could not demonstrate sufficient knowledge of required emergency preparedness and response procedures.Following the site visit, the Agency issued Notices of Alleged Violation to Central Vermont Motorcycles with directives for bringing the business into compliance with hazardous waste regulations. For these violations, Central Vermont Motorcycle has agreed to an Assurance of Discontinuance that requires a penalty of $23,062.50. The Assurance was incorporated into a Final Judicial Order on July 25, 2017. Within thirty days of the Order, Central Vermont Motorcycles is required to submit an inventory of hazardous waste onsite, documentation of composition testing of used oil, and photo documentation verifying proper storage and labeling of hazardous waste, including used oil rags.For more information about DEC’s Hazardous Waste Management Program, visit http://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/hazardous(link is external).Source: ANR 8.2.2017
Minnesota wins Big Ten ChampionshipIt took coach Wendy Davis’ team just seven seasons to win a conference title. Nick GerhardtApril 30, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter seven years, the Minnesota Rowing team can celebrate its first Big Ten Championship in school history.up next South/Central Region Sprintswhen: TBA Sunday, May 13where: Oak Ridge, Tenn.The Gophers won four out of six events and reached the grand finals in every race Saturday on Lake Wingra in Madison, Wis. to win the conference tournament. No other team had all of its boats reach the grand finals.“It’s a dream come true, there was intrigue and excitement to every race,” coach Wendy Davis said.The second varsity eight won first place with a time of 6 minutes and 9.11 seconds, along with the first varsity four at 7:00.3, second varsity four in 7:00.3 and first novice eight at 6:49.24. The first varsity eight finished in second place behind Michigan.Five boats raced in the first varsity eight grand final and Minnesota needed only a fourth-place finish to win the team title.The speaker system in the 1V8 broke shortly before the race, and the boat had no idea where they stood in the race, but somehow they responded to finish in second place and win the team title.“They didn’t know they were in fifth place, and they picked it up. With 400 meters to go (senior) Jenna Buskohl finally said ‘enough’ and they went from fifth to second,” Davis said.The Gophers set a Big Ten record by earning 150 team points in the competition.“It was so wonderful, and we’re all on cloud nine. We don’t have any superstars on the team. We’re just a hardworking team and it showed,” Davis said.The biggest surprise of the day came from the first novice eight, which won its event.“None of the novices rowed before in their lives in the fall. Just a couple of weeks ago they lost to Wisconsin, but whatever they did worked because we heard them screaming at the end of their race,” junior Mary Ann Weinzierl said.The award ceremony produced even more excitement as everyone ran to receive the team trophy, Weinzierl said. “I’ve never seen (coach Davis) happier during my entire rowing career. She was beaming,” Weinzierl said.Others on the team agreed.“It was a totally different feeling going up there and grabbing the trophy as a team, it was pretty surreal,” junior Lauren Van Proosdy said.Minnesota fought off difficult weather conditions in Madison in addition to the competition. One boat capsized during the regatta and another ran into milfoil. All the while the Gophers dealt with high winds and whitecaps on the water.“We get great experience practicing on the choppy water of the Mississippi, and that helped for this race,” Weinzierl said.Jenny Barnes and Cheryl Wick were named to the All-Big Ten first team while Sally Olson and Erika Bartkute earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.“We’ve been getting a lot of firsts this year and it says a lot about the coaching and the girls,” Van Proosdy said.The Gophers have two weeks to prepare for the Central Regional in Tennessee, and then the NCAA tournament on May 25-27, also in Tennessee.“This performance said that we are a deep team nationwide. Now we need to make sure we are at our fastest for the regional and NCAA,” Van Proosdy said.With finals week approaching, Minnesota needs to establish a balance between the two.“The biggest thing now is to get our academics in a row before centrals because it seems every year we have a subpar performance because of exams,” Davis said.
Savills Studley represented utility software company iFactor with its long-term lease agreement at the new Hayden Ferry 3 development under construction in Tempe.Ryan Bartos and Matthew Coxhead of Savills Studley’s Phoenix office negotiated the transaction on behalf of iFactor; Bryan Taute of CBRE represented the landlord, Parkway Properties, Inc.iFactor signed a lease for 17,000 square feet to accommodate future growth. The new space is located on the fifth floor of the building and will create an open floor plan to encourage collaboration. The firm has grown over 38 percent in 2015 and expects to grow an additional 45 percent within the next two years.“We were able to negotiate deal terms at Hayden Ferry 3 that will help iFactor attract and retain great talent, including a great signage package and lease flexibility that accommodates their future needs from a growth perspective,” said Bartos. “Situated in the rapidly developing Downtown Tempe area, the location gives employers access to an abundant pool of talent with the largest public university in the country – Arizona State University – located only five minutes away, while also providing an amenity-rich downtown vibe that the millennial workforce is attracted to.”The new iFactor office will feature a number of collaboration spaces and video conferencing in meeting rooms to support communication between employee teams and the utility companies using iFactor software. The Tempe-based company currently occupies 8,000 square feet of space at Hayden Ferry’s second building and expects to move into its new space in December.Over the last 24 months, Bartos and Coxhead have completed three transactions within the development and are consistently impressed with Parkway Properties’ ability to think outside the box to maximize tenant satisfaction.“It is exciting to see local firms continue to flourish in this market and we look forward to seeing iFactor’s future success,” added Coxhead.Hayden Ferry 3 offers custom-build, modern office space that features views of the Tempe Town Lake and the surrounding area, an on-premise gym facility and close proximity to Mill Ave, which touts a variety of restaurants. Phoenix’s light rail is located only a few blocks away.