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Two Things: Congrats to Our New Legislators, & PFAS in the News

Two things: First, a big congratulations to all of the newly elected legislators! And, the work continues: including the fight to restrict toxic forever-chemicals, PFAS, from Vermont products and watersheds.

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Congratulations Vermont Legislators!

Last week marked an important moment when it comes to the future of Vermont. Thank you for making your voices heard, and for getting out and voting—it really makes a difference. We want to wish a hearty congratulations to all of Vermont’s newly elected legislators; we look forward to working with you this coming legislative session. (For our guide to Vermont’s key environmental challenges and opportunities, see here.)

Environmental protection and strong action on combating the climate crisis were top issues this election season, and voters gave our elected officials a strong mandate for action. 

WATCH this video to learn more about our partner organizations Vermont Conservation Voters and VPIRG Votes work this fall, and what it means for Vermont.

PFAS, the Toxic Forever-Chemicals, Remain a Serious Issue in Vermont

Last week, the Washington Post featured an article on state bans and lawsuits around PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances), commonly known as “forever chemicals” which are found almost everywhere, including cooking tools, packaging, personal care products, clothing, carpets, and electronics. This past spring, Vermont’s governor signed a crucial bill (S.113) holding corporate polluters responsible for ongoing harm to Vermonters caused by toxic chemical exposure. The bill also authorizes the State to sue manufacturers of dangerous chemicals that harm Vermont’s natural resources and public facilities. VNRC will be continuing this important work to restrict PFAS from personal care products and Vermont’s water this coming legislative session, so stay tuned.

P.S. This Thursday (Nov. 17th) @ 7-8:30 pm in Montpelier, Professor Amy Seidl will deliver the annual Seward Weber lecture. The theme is Thinking Through Place: Cultural and Ecological Influences on Residing in Vermont. For more information, see here.