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Statement from Vermont Natural Resources Council – Doyle v. City of Burlington Police Department

The Vermont Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by ACLU of Vermont that seeks the release of Burlington police records.
At issue is whether Vermont agencies may charge citizens for inspection of public records. The Vermont Natural Resources (VNRC) and Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) filed an amicus brief in the case arguing that imposing inspection fees would run counter to Vermont state law and undermine principles of government transparency and accountability. (more…)

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Brian Shupe: Setting the Record Straight on Act 250

VNRC Executive Director Brian Shupe clears up misconceptions on Act 250.


Vermont Senate Passes Groundbreaking Bill to Help Vermonters Harmed By Toxic Pollution

Montpelier, VT – Today, the Vermont Senate passed a bill (S.37) that helps Vermonters who have been harmed by toxic chemical contamination and face increased medical expenses, reduced property value, and other harms as a result of chemical contamination.  Last year, the Senate passed a similar bill and part of the bill was passed by the House but then vetoed by Governor Phil Scott.


Kate McCarthy: Continuing the State’s Working Lands Legacy

VNRC’s Director of Sustainable Communities, Kate McCarthy, discusses her support of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund.


Now accepting nominations for the 2019 Arthur Gibb Award

In honor of Vermont legislator Arthur Gibb, who dedicated much of his life to public service to ensure that Vermont is a better place for future generations, VNRC is accepting nominations for the 2019 Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership.


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VNRC and CLF: EPA Plan to Address PFAS in Drinking Water Too Little, Too Late

Vermont must take action to clean up toxic chemicals in water

February 14, 2019 (MONTPELIER, VT) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) released the following statement today in response to the announcement of the Environmental Protection Agency plan to address widespread contamination of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the U.S. The plan does not commit EPA to take action to protect drinking water, add PFAS to Superfund cleanup laws, prevent new PFAS from entering the marketplace, or require reporting and monitoring of PFAS releases.


The Water Caucus: Statement on Governor’s Budget Address

The Vermont Water Caucus is pleased that Governor Phil Scott recognized that Vermont must establish substantially increased long-term funding to restore and protect water quality in our rivers, streams, lakes and ponds this year.

However, the additional revenue proposed by the Governor appears to fall short of the funding level needed to meet Vermont’s legal obligation to establish water funding that has been outstanding since 2015.


Climate Action Plan for 2019

Today, as part of a coalition of 25 advocacy groups, VNRC revealed a plan for acting on climate change in 2018-19.  (more…)

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Stay informed about legislative action – or inaction – with VNRC’s Climate Dispatch. In brief live videos, we’ll summarize what’s happening each week in the Vermont Legislature on climate and clean energy. Sign up here.