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Lake Champlain in Crisis: An Illustrated Narrative
by Jen Duggan

Summer after summer, Lake Champlain is plagued with toxic cyanobacteria blooms, also known as blue-green algae. These toxic algae outbreaks harm our way of life as well: the next generation of Vermonters may not be able to enjoy a summer on Lake Champlain the way that their grandparents did.

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Vermont Attorney General Suing Companies for PFAS Contamination

“DuPont and 3M have knowingly poisoned our water for decades while reaping billions in profits,” said Jen Duggan, Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont. “These companies have no right to pollute our drinking water and our bodies.  Attorney General Donovan recognizes the need to hold the responsible parties accountable for putting these toxic forever chemicals into our water and our health at risk.”

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The Truth about Plastic Bag Bans
by John Hite

Several studies have emerged challenging the effectiveness of plastic bag bans. These studies and their coverage in the media are causing some confusion among consumers and legislators. We want to set the record straight, as studies critiquing plastic bag bans don’t account for the broader scope of plastics.

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State to begin widespread PFAS sampling this summer

Jen Duggan, director of Conservation Law Foundation Vermont, said that the state Agency of Natural Resources has taken a “leadership role” both in terms of identifying and remediating PFAS contamination. She pointed out that Vermont will be testing for 18 different types of PFAS compounds, compared to Michigan, which will only be looking at two of the most toxic compounds in its testing.

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Vermont adopts the most comprehensive plastics ban in U.S.

Jen Duggan, director of the Vermont Conservation Law Foundation, says cities and counties that have passed bag bans often defined prohibited bags by their thickness or applied measurements requiring that it carry a certain weight a certain distance. “What happened was the bag makers flooded the markets with thicker bags,” she says.

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Vermont Governor Signs Nation’s Strongest Lead in Drinking Water Law

“Our children deserve to go to school or daycare without being poisoned by lead lurking in water fountains,” said Jen Duggan, Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont. “The only safe level of lead is zero, and Vermont is leading the nation in making sure that the health of our children comes first.”

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Vermont Legislature Passes Nation’s Strongest Lead in Drinking Water Law

“The only safe amount of lead for children is zero,” said Jen Duggan, Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont. “This law puts Vermont ahead of every other state in protecting our kids from being poisoned. Lead has no place in our drinking water, and I’m so grateful for the work our legislative champions have done to get the lead out of schools and childcare centers.”