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2005 Report – Tax Reform That Agrees With Vermont

On January 25, 2006, the Vermont Fair Tax Coalition — a coalition of business, consumer and environmental organizations — announced the release of its second report on “Tax Reform That Agrees with Vermont.” The report describes how shifting taxes — not increasing them — can support activities society wants to discourage, such as those that […]

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Climate Change Work Gathers Momentum

January 2006 VNRC Offered Seat on Governor’s Climate Change Commission There is no longer a dispute that the world is warming and that humans are causing it. In December 2005 this stark reality spurred Governor Jim Douglas to announce the creation of a Vermont Climate Change Commission intended to tackle this monumental issue. VNRC’s Policy […]

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Commentary – Wind Energy In Vermont

Delivered by Elizabeth Courtney on Vermont Public Radio December 2005 While Vermonters have been talking a lot about wind power in recent weeks, there hasn’t been much focus on our energy appetites: we consume just too darn much. We need to pay significant attention to efficiency and conservation at the same time that we talk […]

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Environmental Report: Groundwater

VNRC has released the Fall 2005 Vermont Environmental Report, with special emphasis on the threats to Vermont’s drinking water supply. Currently, significant gaps exist for mapping and protecting Vermont’s critical groundwater supply. VNRC is advocating that the Vermont Legislature take a close look at the issue during the 2006 Session. And don’t forget that VNRC […]

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St. Albans Citizens Group Responds to Local Wal-Mart Approval

Statement of the Northwest Citizens for Responsible Growth on Development Review Board’s Approval of Wal-Mart Members of the Northwest Citizens For Responsible Growth were extremely disappointed with the short-sightedness demonstrated by the St. Albans Development Review Board (DRB) in permitting the Wal-mart application. NWCRG is comprised of residents of St. Albans Town, St. Albans City […]

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The Future of Dufresne Dam on the Batten Kill

March 24, 2005 Background Dufresne Dam is located on the Batten Kill in Manchester. It is the only dam on the main stem of the Batten Kill. Dufresne Pond is the 9-acre impoundment formed by the dam. The dam was originally built to supply power to a local mill. Since 1957, the dam and the […]

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Vermont Fair Tax Coalition

VNRC and its Coalition partners Friends of the Earth, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, and Vermont Public Interest Research Group have been working since 1998 to promote tax policy reforms that create incentives for environmental protection.  This includes environmental tax shifting, eliminating subsidies that harm the environment, and promoting green economics in Vermont. Using a […]

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Smart Growth Technical Assistance Project

Windham Region Local Plan and Bylaw Review In 2005 VNRC will lead a new initiative known as the Windham Region Smart Growth Technical Assistance Project. Early this year, VNRC’s Steve Holmes and Jim Matteau, Executive Director of the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) based in Brattleboro, began discussions about how the Commission might work more closely […]

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Wind Commission Releases Report

November 16, 2004 The Commission on Wind Energy Regulatory Policy (Commission) has released its draft recommendations regarding the regulatory process for large-scale wind power installations. Siting of wind turbines has become a hot issue as Vermonters debate the merits of ridgeline development versus the dire need for renewable sources of energy. In general, VNRC supports […]

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Outstanding Waters Petition

September 2004 The State of Vermont has an obligation to maintain and protect ecologically significant waters. The State of Vermont has an obligation under the antidegradation policy of the Clean Water Act to ensure that water quality is maintained and protected where “high quality waters constitute an outstanding National resource, such as water of National […]

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