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Vermont House Issues Final Approval for Dam Safety and Drinking Water Protection Bill – H.554  

Today, the Vermont House gave its final approval to H.554, a bill addressing dam safety and drinking water protection.  H.554 requires the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to maintain an inventory of all known dams in Vermont and inspect them under DEC jurisdiction on a regular, risk-based schedule.  There are 820 known dams in the state. Of those, 696 are under DEC jurisdiction.

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Vermont Legislature Passes Protections for Vermonters Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

On May 9, 2018, the Vermont Senate passed legislation to help Vermonters harmed by exposure to toxic chemicals and hold polluters accountable (S.197), concurring with the House-passed version of the bill. Now, it will go to Governor Scott for his signature.

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VNRC Asks Lawmakers to Stop Scott Administration Effort to Drain Clean Energy Development Fund

On April 10, VNRC’s Energy & Climate Program Director Johanna Miller sent the following letter to Senate Appropriations members — who are considering the House-passed budget — in response to learning that the Scott Administration made a recommendation to strip the few remaining dollars in the Clean Energy Development Fund. Read the letter below.

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Urge Governor Scott to Strengthen Vermont’s Regulation of Toxic Chemicals

S.103 protects the health of Vermonters by requiring chemical testing of new wells and requiring companies to disclose concerning chemicals in their products. Send a letter to the Governor urging him to sign this legislation!

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Trump Administration’s Reversal of Federal Clean Car Standards Costly to Public Health, People’s Pocketbooks, and Environment

Montpelier – Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed the agency’s previous decision to increase federal fuel efficiency requirements, known as the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The efficiency standards would have required cars to reduce polluting emissions for model years 2022-2025. These standards were adopted in 2012, after intensive analysis and with support of automakers. Existing standards have led to transportation innovation and accelerated the progress of electric and hybrid electric vehicles. (more…)

May 2018

Headlines: Announcing First-Ever Winners of the Small Grants for Smart Growth program, Successful Town Energy Committee Annual Lobby Day, Vermont House Upholds Governor Scott’s Veto of Toxics Bill, VNRC Boosts Local Engagement on Act 171 with Webinar Series, VNRC Welcomes Communications Director Stephanie Gomory, Vermont News, Upcoming Events, National News.

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December 2017

Headlines: Thank you for your support in 2017 and beyond, Remembering John Ewing, We’re hiring: Membership & Outreach Coordinator, 10th annual VECAN conference a success, Investing in local economies & strong communities, VNRC joins partners to submit comments to VOREC, VNRC continues to advocate for clean water, greater protections, Growing state leadership from Montpelier to Minneapolis, VCV update: They protect us, let’s return the favor, Vermont News, Upcoming Events, National News.

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November 2017

Headlines: VNRC leading at a critical juncture, Register today for the 10th annual Vermont Energy & Climate Action Conference, Transportation for Vermonters: Broad, new transportation advocacy coalition, The state of Vermont waterways, Promoting wildlife connectivity in Vermont, Talking smart growth from Montpelier to Washington D.C., VCV update: We want to hear from you!, Vermont News, Upcoming Events, National News.

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October 2017

Headlines: VER online and thank you for celebrating Warren King and VNRC; Submit Your Climate Action Comments; Support Vermont’s Backcountry & Recreational Experiences; We’re Putting DEC on Notice: Great Hosmer Pond; Community Planning Toolkit Updated-Strip Development; VCV Update: Children’s Environmental Health Day; VNRC & VCV Seeking a Legislative Intern; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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September 2017

Headlines: Join Us In Celebrating Good Work – And The People Who Make It Possible; Revitalizing Downtown Bennington; Get Out Your Calendars…; Everyone’s Economic Opportunity In Climate Action; Removing Small Dams to Restore Rivers; The Day-to-Day Actions Of Genuine Leaders; VCV Update: Protecting Vermonters from Toxic Chemicals; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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