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VNRC, TNC launch freevtrivers.org to highlight dam removal benefits

The Nature Conservancy and Vermont Natural Resources Council are pleased to announce the launch of “freevtrivers.org,” a website designed to educate the public about the benefits of removing so-called “deadbeat” dams – dams that no longer serve a public benefit – for fish, people and communities. Successful dam removal requires the collaboration of multiple partners and this site represents the work of American Rivers, Connecticut River Watershed Council, Vermont Council of Trout Unlimited, Lake Champlain International and others committed to re-connecting our rivers and streams.


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VNRC, VCV Weigh in on Hazardous Waste and Groundwater Protection Rules


The Vermont Natural Resources (VNRC) and Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) submit the following comments on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) proposal to add Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) to the list of hazardous wastes regulated by the state, and to establish a Primary Groundwater Quality Enforcement Standard of 0.02 for PFOA and 0.03 (micrograms per liter (ppb)) for PFOS.

VNRC and VCV strongly support these proposed amendments. PFOA and PFOS are emerging nationally as significant chemicals of concerns. The recent incident of groundwater and drinking water contamination is clear evidence that these chemicals pose a risk to public health and the environment in Vermont.   The proposed amendment to Vermont’s hazardous waste and groundwater protection rules is an important step in addressing threats posed from the release of PFOA and PFOS into the environment.


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VNRC Statement on Passage of Bill That Promotes Healthy Forests

Statement from Jamey Fidel, Forest and Wildlife Program Director for Vermont Natural Resources Council:

“VNRC applauds the Legislature for passing forest integrity legislation (H.857) today. We thank the Shumlin administration for prioritizing our invaluable forests this year, and we thank leadership from numerous legislators in both the Vermont House and Senate for crafting legislation that takes meaningful steps to help maintain our forests and working landscape into the future.


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VNRC Statement on Passage of Bill That Promotes Protections for Hazardous Waste

Statement from Jon Groveman, water and policy program director for Vermont Natural Resources Council:

“VNRC thanks the Legislature for passing  H.595, which improves the state’s ability to protect Vermonters from hazardous waste pollution.

The legislation authorizes the state to assess “natural resource damages” for public trust resources like water, wildlife, and land.  Over 30 states already use this important tool to protect the environment and public health.  As an environmental leader, it is past time for Vermont to add this tool to our toolbox, especially in light of the recent revelations about drinking water and groundwater contamination in North Bennington and Pownal.


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VNRC Statement on Passage of Bill That Improves DEC Permit Process

Statement from Jamey Fidel, General Counsel for Vermont Natural Resources Council:

May 6,2016

“The Legislature passed a bill, S. 123, which updates the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) permit process. VNRC believes the bill strikes an appropriate balance of strengthening up-front citizen participation, ensuring Vermonters have a fair way to appeal issues not adequately addressed in the DEC process, and simplifying and expanding notice procedures.  We look forward to working with Vermonters around the state to inform them about these important changes to state permit processes.”

VER Spring 2016

April 2016 E-News

Headlines: Spring VER; Groundwater Contamination in Vermont; Net Metering Update; Pricing Carbon Pollution; Oil Trains and Lake Champlain; VNRC and VHCB AmeriCorps member Ben Civiletti; VNRC Benefit Bake; Art Gibb Nominations; Wild & Scenic Recap; Dam News; AARP Downtown Revitalization Grant; Resilient Vermont Conference; Exxon Trial Presentation at Vermont Law School; Peabody Energy Goes Bankrupt.

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Nasa Global Warming

March 2016 E-News

Headlines: Groveman and Naughton Join VNRC Staff; Developer Withdraws Exit 4 Proposal in Randolph; Stewarding Vermont’s Forests; VNRC’s Shupe to Receive Highest Honor for Planning Professionals; Moving Beyond Conflict; Nation’s Greenest Federal Delegation; Wild & Scenic Silent Auction; Art Gibb Nominations; Working Lands Report; State Released Planning Manual Update; Wild & Scenic Film Festival; Cultivating ClimateReslience Summit.

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January/February 2016 E-News

Headlines: Huber and Hayes join VNRC Staff; AVCC Success Stories; VECAN Conference Recap; Stewarding Vermont’s Forest Resources; McCarthy to Present at Burlington Business Summit; VCV Releases 2016 Vermont Environmental Scorecard; New Interactive Mapping Tool to Help Forest Stewardship’ East Montpelier Adopts Groundwater Protections; Vermonters Become Energy Independent; DamNation on the Road; Vermont Climate Economy Summit; Symposium on the Future of Vermont’s Pollinators; Proof that a Carbon Pollution Tax Works.

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Paris Climate Talks

November/December 2015 E-News

Headlines:  Paris Climate Talks; Seeking Water Program Director; VNRC Priorities Highlighted for a Healthy Vermont; Letting the River Roll; New Mapping Tool for Ecological Conservation; Transportation Grants; Community Forest Grants; VECAN Conference

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October 2015 E-News

Headlines: Courtney and Siedl Join VNRC Board; VNRC Continues Opposition to Exit 4 Proposal; VNRC, UVM Ambassador Program; Jake Brown Departs VNRC; ANR Drafting Foundational Rule on Groundwater; Energy Hearings Continue; State Issues New proposed Plan for Wildlife Protection; Vermont Sells Green Bonds to Fund Water Quality and Other Priorities; Developer Says Remove Unwanted Dams; AVCC Summit; Button Up Day; Watersheds United Hold Fall Gathering; International Calls for Carbon Pollution Tax; Drought and Deforestation in the Amazon

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