Buying Microbead Free

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We’re working to pass legislation to ban microbeads in consumer products in Vermont. These beads are found in numerous varieties of home beauty products: toothpaste, facial cleanser, soap, and body wash to name a few. And even a little tube can pack a big punch when rinsed down the drain- The 5 Gyres Institute estimates that one ...

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Help Improve Vermont Health Connect


Right now Vermonters have an important chance to help improve 2016 Vermont Health Connect plans. The Department of Vermont Health Access has proposed increasing the out of pocket expenditure for a number of the most popular plans on Vermont Health Connect. Though many of these increases are required to keep Vermont Health Connect in line with federal ...

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VPIRG and Energy Independent Vermont Holds Activist Training


The Energy Independent Vermont coalition held its first Activist Training this past weekend in Montpelier. Braving the snow, dozens of seasoned activists, students, and community members traveled from all over the state to get into the gritty details of the carbon pollution tax proposal and to learn how to take effective action on the campaign. VPIRG ...

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Vermont Gas Cancels Phase 2 of Fracked Gas Pipeline

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Today Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendall announced that the company has canceled plans for Phase 2 of the proposed fracked gas pipeline. Phase 2 would have carried fracked gas underneath Lake Champlain to International Paper’s plant in Ticonderoga, NY. VPIRG Executive Director Paul Burns had this to say  on Vermont Gas’ decision to cancel Phase 2 of ...

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Oral Health Care For All Coalition Calls For Licensed Dental Practitoners

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Today VPIRG and allies from the Vermont Oral Health Care for All Coalition gathered at the State House to voice support  for legislation that would expand Vermont’s dental workforce.  S.20 and H.1 would allow Licensed Dental Practitioners to provide dental services in the state of Vermont and address dental access issues faced by Vermont. Click here ...

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VPIRG Testifies to Support Election Day Registration


VPIRG has a long history of supporting measures designed to boost voter participation in elections because we believe democracy is best served when more people participate.  This year, we’re asking lawmakers to support Election Day Registration, to remove one more obstacle in order to make it just a little bit easier for eligible Vermonters to ...

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Educational Forums a Big Success!


The Energy Independent Vermont campaign held three back-to-back educational forums this week in East Montpelier, Burlington, and Waitsfield. We were delighted to see over 100 people brave cold nights and icy roads to learn more about the campaign, ask questions about the policy, provide feedback on additional information that would help make our case, and commit ...

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What’s Next For Health Care Reform in Vermont

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Governor Shumlin’s recent decision to shelve plans to move forward with Universal Health Care surprised many in the Health Care Policy world. In light of this, here at VPIRG we are still determined and dedicated to bringing health care reform to Vermonters. Click here to read a recent VTDigger Op-Ed written by VPIRG’s own Falko Schilling unpacking our thoughts and ...

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