Good News for Natural Resources, and for Citizens
Gov. Peter Shumlin recently signed legislation into law that gives citizens a chance to weigh in with comments on proposed penalties when polluters violate our environmental laws. VNRC’s Kim Greenwood (pictured here) helped move this important bill through the Legislature.
The legislation, H.258, was developed after EPA told Vermont it needed to add meaningful public participation to its water pollution penalties. The new law covers Act 250 as well as ANR enforcement actions and allows citizens to comment on environmental pollution penalties proposed by the state before those penalties are finalized by a state court.
“This legislation is in keeping with Vermont’s tradition of open government and will assure that state agencies have as much information as possible when they assess penalties against those who have violated Vermont’s environmental laws,” said Kim Greenwood, VNRC’s water program director. She credited the Conservation Law Foundation with strong leadership in support of the bill.
For a copy of the bill, click here and then click on the link that says As Passed by Both House and Senate.