Significant Energy Spill Disclosed to Vermont Regulators

Contact:   Emily McManamy                                                                          April 1, 2015

Crisis Communications Coordinator


 Significant Energy Spill Disclosed to Vermont Regulators

Pursuant to environmental protection statues, the State of Vermont has been notified of a significant energy spill. Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Regulations Section 7-105 requires that:

All discharges and/or releases that meet any of the following criteria shall be immediately reported to the Secretary (ANR) by the person or persons exercising control over such waste by notifying the Waste Management & Prevention Division.

At 8:02am today, SunCommon notified the Agency of Natural Resources of a massive solar spill. Attempts to limit this discharge have failed, and it appears that the spill will continue unabated. Unchecked, this incident is pouring solar radiation the equivalent of 3 billion gallons of gasoline across Vermont’s landscape – every day.

In calculating the penalties for such an energy spill, SunCommon asked the Agency of Natural Resources to consider the offsetting benefits for the thousands of Vermonters who harness this solar energy to generate clean, safe, renewable power.

“We expect these spills to only worsen, as the days lengthen into summer,” admitted Duane Peterson, co-president of SunCommon in making this disclosure to state officials.

To alert citizens to this public safety situation, SunCommon created this educational video.




Commenting area

  1. I’m ready to do my part!

  2. Hilarious! Well done! And thanks so much for your efforts. Keep up the good work!

  3. Michael Violette April 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm · ·

    It took me 10 seconds to remember that today is April fools day. Lmao. What a good story to get people scared.

  4. Fred Putnam, Jr. April 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm · ·

    I will admit my guilt: I have been complicit in this solar spill through my participation in a CSA. I accept the consequences of my actions.

  5. Beverly Ryder April 1, 2015 at 6:43 pm · ·

    I love it!!

  6. Brett Chornyak April 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm · ·

    I’m glad you are all addressing the situation and helped us out in collecting part of this major spill. I think this problem is going to be with us for some time now. Keep up the great work.

  7. Quick, grab the sunblock!

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