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VNRC Helps Block Short-Sighted Septic Measure

Sepetmber 2007 ANR Provision Would Have Put Ponds and Lakes at Risk of Septic Pollution Thanks to a handful of vigilant and dedicated lawmakers and the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Agency of Natural Resources recently removed an environmentally harmful loophole in its proposed rule governing septic systems. This important move, which will help prevent […]

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VNRC Succeeds in Securing Protections for Farmland

August 31, 2007 At VNRC’s urging, a key legislative committee recently blocked a state agency proposal that would have weakened protections for some of Vermont’s best farm soils. On August 29 the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) told the Natural Resources Board (NRB) to rethink its proposed rule change to Act 250 — Vermont’s […]

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New Name Reflects Land Use Solutions

The Vermont Forum on Sprawl is pleased to announce we have adopted a new name – Smart Growth Vermont. “Since the Forum was founded in 1998, our focus has naturally evolved from raising public awareness about the issue to providing the tools and assistance communities need to engage in smart growth initiatives,” said Executive Director, […]

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Regrouping on Global Warming and Energy

July 2007 The recent demise of the forward-thinking energy bill, H.520, is a deep disappointment. While the outcome is not surprising, it is troubling. Hundreds of Vermonters turned out July 11 to support this legislation, and thousands of Vermonters want real action now on this pressing issue. But Vermont’s failure to act decisively on this […]

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VNRC Urges Vermonters to “Take Back the Tap”

VNRC Co-Releases National Report Detailing Health, Safety, Environmental Concerns with Bottled Water June 28, 2007 Montpelier– Choosing tap water over bottled water is better for consumers’ health, their pocketbooks, and the environment, according to a new report written by the Washington, DC-based Food & Water Watch. Today, Food & Water Watch’s Vermont partners – the […]

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Water Bottling Company Sets Sights on East Montpelier Spring

FOR AN UPDATE ON THIS STORY AND VNRC’S GROUNDWATER GOALS, CLICK HERE. May 2007 A  large-scale commercial bottled water operation is being proposed in central Vermont. The Montpelier Spring Water Company has, in recent weeks, approached the East Montpelier selectboard and the Montpelier City Council for general statements of approval and right-of-way permissions for the […]

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VNRC, Partners Call for Action on Climate Change

April 26, 2007 VNRC’s work to press for substantive, state-led initiatives to combat climate change gathers momentum. VNRC joined partners in the Vermont Environmental Collaborative in the State House today to demonstrate united support for the comprehensive energy bill under consideration in the Legislature. The bill would take vital steps forward on efforts to tackle […]

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VNRC Asks for Leadership on Climate Change

By Elizabeth Courtney April 24, 2007 In January, the Vermont House and Senate leadership set the tone for this legislative session when they made climate change the top priority. And on the national front, every member of our congressional delegation is poised for action, by supporting the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act. On April 14th […]

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VNRC Wins Important National Victory for Wildlife, Forests

April 2007 The nation’s national forest lands and wildlife are safer now, thanks in large part to a lawsuit filed by VNRC and other leading environmental groups. In an exciting victory, a federal court judge on March 30, 2007 put the brakes on the Bush administration’s implementation of its environmentally harmful forest planning regulations. Judge […]

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VNRC Co-Hosts ‘Step It Up’ Rally in Montpelier

March 2007 To help spur the bold, substantive action many climate scientists and advocates say is essential to tackle climate change, this April 14 over 50 communities across Vermont will join over 1,000 communities across the nation in hosting ‘Step It Up’ rallies. On this National Day of Climate Action, in iconic places across the […]

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