§554. Powers

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/10/023/00554
Published: 2015

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554. Powers

In addition to

any other powers conferred on him by law the secretary shall have power to:

(1) Appoint and

employ personnel and consultants as may be necessary for the administration of

this chapter.

(2) Adopt, amend

and repeal rules, implementing the provisions of this chapter.

(3) Hold

hearings related to any aspect of or matter in the administration of this

chapter, and in connection therewith, subpoena witnesses and the production of


(4) Issue orders

as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this chapter and enforce the

same by all appropriate administrative and judicial proceedings.

(5) Prepare and

develop a comprehensive plan or plans for the prevention, abatement and control

of air pollution in this state.

(6) [Repealed.]

(7) Encourage

local units of government to handle air pollution problems within their

respective jurisdiction, and by compact on a cooperative basis, and to provide

technical and consultative assistance therefor.

(8) Encourage and

conduct studies, investigations and research relating to air contamination and

air pollution and their causes, effects, prevention, abatement and control.

(9) Determine by

appropriate means the degree of air contamination and air pollution in the

state and the several parts thereof.

(10) Make a

continuing study of the effects of the emission of air contaminants from motor

vehicles on the quality of the outdoor atmosphere of this state and the several

parts thereof, and make recommendations to appropriate public and private

bodies with respect thereto.

(11) Establish

ambient air quality standards for the state as a whole or for any part thereof,

based on nationally recognized criteria applicable to the state of Vermont.

(12) Collect and

disseminate information and conduct educational and training programs relating

to air contamination and air pollution.

(13) Advise,

consult, contract and cooperate with other agencies of the state, local

governments, industries, other states, interstate or interlocal agencies, and

the federal government, and with interested persons or groups.

(14) Consult,

upon request, with any person proposing to construct, install, or otherwise

acquire an air contaminant source or device or system for the control thereof,

concerning the efficacy of the device or system, or the air pollution problem

which may be related to the source, device or system. Nothing in any

consultation shall be construed to relieve a person from compliance with this

chapter, rules in force pursuant thereto, or any other provision of law.

(15) Accept,

receive and administer grants or other funds or gifts from public and private

agencies, including the federal government, for the purpose of carrying out any

of the functions of this chapter. The funds received by the secretary pursuant

to this section shall be deposited in the state treasury to the account of the


(16) Have access

to records relating to emissions which cause or contribute to air

contamination. (1967, No. 310 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; amended 1971, No. 212 (Adj.

Sess.), § 3; 1989, No. 98, § 4(b).)