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Blue-Green Algae Causes Burlington Beach Closure
by Rebekah Weber

Monday’s closure of two popular beaches in Burlington is a stark reminder of why Vermont’s focus on water quality is so timely and important. Sightings of blue-green algae along the Burlington shoreline prompted low alert warnings last Friday and led to beach closures in the area earlier this week.

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Governor Shumlin Signs Landmark Clean Water Bill in Vermont
by Chris Kilian

Today Governor Shumlin signed legislation known as H.35, which takes significant first steps toward cleaning up the devastating pollution that plagues Vermont’s waterways. CLF has pushed for years for government action to clean up Lake Champlain and other waterways in the state, and I was pleased to stand beside Governor Shumlin today as he signed this historic bill into law.

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Farmland vs. Asphalt
by Sandy Levine

Valuable farmland in Vermont is under siege. A proposal is on tap to build more than 1 million square feet of hotel, conference center, industry, shops and houses on very valuable farmland at a rural highway exit.

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Quiet and Hardworking: Energy Efficiency
by Sandy Levine

We all know them. Every family and office has at least one. That quiet and hardworking member of the team that day in and day out gets the job done. No fanfare needed. Just consistently delivering results. In the world of energy, that quiet and hardworking team member is energy efficiency. Every day, it cuts…

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Fresh Air Ahead: Transition to Clean Energy Supplies
by Sandy Levine

It is welcome news that the New England Governors are stepping away from a high-risk gamble with clean air and electric customers’ money. Shrouded in secrecy, the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) undertook efforts that were poised to tax electric customers – including customers in Vermont – to pay for bringing massive new…

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VT Gas Pipeline: Review Ballooning Costs and Halt Construction
by Sandy Levine

CLF is asking Vermont regulators to examine the Vermont Gas pipeline project in light of its soaring costs. Construction should be halted unless and until regulators approve the changed project. Soaring costs require reassessment. Recently Vermont Gas announced that the costs for its new gas pipeline will be 40% higher than they represented to regulators.…

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Gender Justice, Environmental Justice
by Sandy Levine

CLF is pleased to highlight the great work of our Vermont intern, Taylor L. Curtis, who is the lead and driving force behind a month-long symposium Sex, Gender, Expression and the First Amendment Project (SGE1) held at Vermont Law School from March 20–April 12 – exploring the intersection of free expression, sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender…

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You’re Fired! – I Quit!
by Sandy Levine

The owners of the troubled Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant chose to “quit” before they were “fired.” The recent regulatory decision by the Vermont Public Service Board highlights the long and troubled history that led most Vermonters to completely lose faith in the owner’s ability to responsibly manage the plant. In stark terms the Board…

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Green Affordable Housing in Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Putting the green in affordable housing may not be easy, but it is long overdue. For decades, manufactured homes have been an affordable home ownership option. Unfortunately, some manufactured homes are the equivalent of gas guzzlers. They burn through dollars and heating fuels like there’s no tomorrow. How affordable is a home when fuel bills…

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Driving Climate Change
by Sandy Levine

A version of this article appeared in the November 17, 2013 edition  of the Sunday Rutland Herald / Times Argus. The biggest contribution to climate change in Vermont comes from how we get ourselves around. As a rural state we rely on cars — and they burn a lot of gasoline, producing significant greenhouse gas…