Jen Duggan

Vice President and Director, CLF Vermont CLF Vermont

Jen Duggan is the Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont.  Throughout her career, Jen has worked to protect public health and ensure all communities have equal access to a clean and healthy environment.  Before joining CLF, Jen was the General Counsel for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Prior to her position with the Agency, Jen was Managing Attorney for the Environmental Integrity Project.  She managed the Coal-Free Waters Campaign and represented community groups and other organizations in permit proceedings, citizen enforcement actions, and federal and state rulemakings pertaining to coal plants, oil refineries, and other large sources of pollution.  Jen developed and co-counseled litigation requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to limit toxic discharges from coal plants for the first time; developed and co-counseled litigation requiring clean up of three coal ash landfills; and persuaded a state environmental agency to withdraw construction permits for two waste coal power plants.

Jen earned her JD and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.  She interned for the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program in San Francisco and worked as a student clinician for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School.

Recent Posts

Action Needed on High Toxic Chemical Levels in Bottled Water
After dangerous chemicals were found in their tap water, many New England communities were forced to drink bottled water. Now, state regulators are discovering that some bottled water may be contaminated as well. Recent testing revealed that water from a supplier in Massachusetts sold at stores throughout New England contains toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals,…
Lake Champlain in Crisis: An Illustrated Narrative
Summer after summer, Lake Champlain is plagued with toxic cyanobacteria outbreaks, also known as blue-green algae. The perfect storm of warm water, light, and excess phosphorus pollution running off from roads, rooftops, and farm fields causes these toxic blooms, which can cause skin irritation, liver damage, and have been linked to neurological disease. These toxic…
Updated: Vermont Legislature Ends Session with Environmental Victories
Update: Governor Scott has signed the lead, plastics, and clean water funding bills into law. This legislative session was full of historic victories for the people of Vermont. Our legislature passed three of the strongest pollution protection laws in the country, setting the standard for New England and the rest of the country. CLF helped…
Vermont Legislature Must Follow through on Clean Water Commitments
Many of Vermont’s beautiful streams, rivers, and lakes are not healthy. This time of year, melting snow and rain carry pollution like chemicals, oils, salts, nutrients, and animal waste into our waterways, wreaking havoc on the health of our lakes and ponds. Over the summer, we will once again face toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreaks.…
Vermont Moves to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic “Forever Chemicals”
Vermont is taking action to keep toxic “forever chemicals” out of our drinking water. That’s good news because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seems to have forgotten that its mission is to protect public health and the environment. Both the Agency of Natural Resources and the Vermont General Assembly are moving forward to set standards…


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