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.