Vermont

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Vermont House of Representatives Passes PFAS Legislation

“For decades, the EPA has stood idly by while manufacturers produced poisonous PFAS chemicals that ended up in our drinking water,” said Jen Duggan, Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont.  “It’s now up to state leaders to clean up this mess, and Vermont is clearly up to the challenge. This bill is a critical step forward in the process to repair the damage that has been done and prevent future harm from these toxic forever chemicals.”

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To Fight Climate Change, Vermont Needs Strong Climate Laws
by Sandy Levine

Vermont students flooded the Statehouse this month to speak to legislators about the dire need to take bold action to address climate change. Their pleas and passion were welcomed by many new climate champions that joined the Vermont Legislature this year. As the Trump administration scorns its responsibility to tackle climate change, state and local…

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VT Senate Passes Legislation Protecting Public From PFAS

“With the federal government dragging its feet, it’s up to Vermont to take action to protect communities from toxic PFAS chemicals,” said Jen Duggan, Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont. “Today, the Senate demonstrated that we are up to the task. This bill is a significant step forward to protect our drinking water from these dangerous forever chemicals.”

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Vermont Senate Passes Lead in Schools and Child Care Centers Bill

“Our kids shouldn’t have to play a dangerous game of chance every time they drink from a fountain in their school,” said Jen Duggan, Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont. “This bill marks a huge step forward in protecting Vermont’s children from the dangers of lead poisoning.”

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Vermont Governor Proposes Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water

“Governor Scott has clearly recognized the urgent need to protect Vermont’s children from lead poisoning from drinking water,” said Jen Duggan, Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont. “Our children, teachers, and school workers are at risk of being exposed to lead as we speak, and we cannot wait any longer to fix this problem.”

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Transportation Advocates Commend States’ Announcement to Develop Regional Program to Modernize Transportation and Reduce Vehicle Pollution

“The health and economic well-being of people and our planet depend on bold action today to create a transportation system for the future,” said Amy Laura Cahn, director, Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice program at Conservation Law Foundation. “Environmental justice communities have the fewest resources to adapt to the impacts of climate change but have long borne the greatest burdens of pollution and transportation inequity. We welcome a regional problem-solving approach, but our most disadvantaged residents must have a seat at the table.”

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves Vermont Yankee Transfer

“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was absolutely correct to require these additional guarantees from NorthStar,” said Sandra Levine, Senior Attorney at CLF. “This is a major clean-up of a contaminated nuclear site that poses pollution risks for generations to come. It is not a project that should be done on the cheap, and it should not leave Vermonters on the hook to pay for cleanup efforts. The NRC clearly recognized the weakness of the proposal that Entergy presented to Vermont regulators.”

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New England Can’t Fall Behind on Climate
by Sandy Levine

You know that sinking feeling? The one where you think you’ve done a good job, but it turns out you didn’t? That’s the boat Vermont finds itself in when it comes to tackling climate change. We thought we were leading. But in fact, we are falling behind on our climate goals. Vermont’s climate-damaging emissions are…

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Vermont Sets the Stage for Climate Action
by Sandy Levine

In the realm of energy and climate change, this year’s legislative session was a big yawn. Legislators took some baby steps towards progress at a time when big leaps are needed. But all journeys begin with a single step, so these modest actions can set the stage for the hard work ahead. While it’s good…