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Keeping Lake Champlain Healthy, One Drawing at a Time
by Alexa McCallum

As the new school year approaches, students across New England reflect upon a summer’s worth of fun, events, and relaxation.  For many kids who live in or visit Vermont, Lake Champlain is central to summertime pleasure.  There are many ways to enjoy Champlain, thus plenty of reasons to keep it clean.  This was the idea…

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Do You Have 10 Seconds For Vermont?
by Conservation Law Foundation

By now, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the Circ, a proposed frivolous $60 million dollar highway project that threatens to rip through some of our state’s most pristine farmlands and wetlands. It’s unnecessary and destructive—and there are cheaper and cleaner alternatives. What you may not have heard is that fewer than 20…

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A tale of two lakes
by Anthony Iarrapino

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That opening line from Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities ran through my head last week as I had two very different experiences of Lake Champlain, the 6th largest freshwater lake in the lower 48. On Saturday, CLF participated in Burlington, Vt’s…

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Circ Highway – Environmental Review Released
by Sandy Levine

On July 20, transportation agencies completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Vermont’s Circ Highway.  The planned project would be an expensive new boulevard roadway outside of Burlington, Vermont.  The project is a poor public investment and a subsidy for sprawl. Costing over $60 million dollars, saving only 4 minutes of travel time, limiting public transportation options, destroying irreplaceable…

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A visit with Nuclear Regulatory Comm’n Chairman
by Sandy Levine

I was fortunate to join six activists in a meeting Wednesday morning with Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  We  delivered a clear message: Lack of responsible regulatory oversight is unacceptable.  The public has lost faith in the NRC. As James Moore with VPIRG stated regarding the repeated mishaps at Vermont Yankee:  “We need a cop…

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Regulators get an Earful on Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Overwhelming support for SHUTTING DOWN VERMONT YANKEE NOW at the Vermont Public Service Board hearing last night in Brattlboro, Vermont.  A BIG THANK YOU to all the folks who came to the hearing and told the Board ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.   The message from advocates was clear: Vermont Yankee must be shut down.  The continual failings and breakdowns…

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Another Radioactive Fish near Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Another radioactive fish was found near the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in southern Vermont. This is the second time a fish contaminated with Strontium-90 was found in the Connecticut River. Vermont Yankee officials defy common sense.  They continue to claim there is no connection between the contaminated fish and the nuclear reactor on the banks…

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Another Day, Another Leak at Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

I am headed to Brattleboro tomorrow with some other CLF folks to talk about Vermont Yankee at an evening event CLF is hosting.  If you are in the area, come join us. Join me and other CLF staff at the River Garden in Brattleboro, VT on Thursday, June 10 from 6-8 PM for a community…

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Of Aging Nuclear Plants and “Fail-Safe” Protections
by Tom Irwin

In his op-ed published yesterday in the Keene Sentinel, Bob King of Keene (and of CLF’s New Hampshire State Board) reminds readers of comments by British Petroleum’s CEO describing the Deepwater Horizon’s blow-out preventer as having been engineered to be “fail-safe.”   With the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history continuing to unravel before our eyes, it’s more clear…