April 6, 2013


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A new report by a group working to get mercury out of the environment says Vermont and Maine lead the nation in efforts to collect mercury thermostats and keep them out of the waste stream.

The Mercury Policy Project and Vermont Public Interest Research Group joined this week in releasing figures showing that Vermont and Maine are the nation's leaders because they require manufacturers to pay $5 to contractors and homeowners who return mercury-added thermostats, resulting in higher collection rates.

Collections jumped after Vermont's bounty went into effect, and the state rose to first in the nation for collection in 2011. Maine is second.


Police arrest man, 70, for firing gun at work site

Police in Hampton say a 70-year-old man used a gun to settle a dispute at a work site.

Officers said James Clark was arrested Friday evening after being accused of brandishing a gun during a scuffle over payment and work to be completed on a property.

Clark is accused of firing his gun in the direction of one of the alleged victims. No one was injured.

Police arrested Clark during a traffic stop, and he was later released on $5,000 bail and ordered to turn over his guns. He couldn't be reached immediately for comment. The incident remains under investigation.


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