Oral Health Care for All coalition calls for expanded dental workforce


VPIRG joined a broad coalition of lawmakers and organizations at the State House today to promote public health, celebrate Oral Health Week and voice their support for legislation (S.20) that would expand Vermont’s dental workforce. S.20 would let licensed dental hygienists receive advanced training and become certified as “dental therapists.” These dental therapists could provide routine restorative and ...

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It’s Oral Health Week!


VPIRG and the Vermont Oral Health Care for All coalition are hosting an “Oral Health Week of Action” – a whole week dedicated to highlighting our campaign to increase dental access in Vermont. We’re advocating for S.20, a bill that would allow mid-level dental providers (dental therapists) to practice in Vermont. The bill passed the Senate last ...

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Is Congress acting to protect Volkswagen?


I’m sure you’ve heard about Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, where the automaker intentionally installed “defeat devices” in millions of cars around the world to cheat auto emissions regulations. Consumers who thought they were buying “clean diesel” TDI engines were in fact polluting up to 40x above national standards, harming human health and the environment. Such egregious corporate ...

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VPIRG Reacts to PSB Decision on Fracked Gas Pipeline

Hundreds of opponents to the VT Public Service Board hearing on the fracked gas pipeline on September 10, 2013.

On Friday, the Vermont Public Service Board decided not to reopen the December 23, 2013, final Order in which it granted a Certificate of Public Good to Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. to construct a fracked gas transmission line into Addison County, Vermont. While the world is turning away from fossil fuels, it appears that fracked gas ...

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2016 Legislative Preview


The 2016 Vermont legislative session is here! VPIRG is excited to build on the nearly 45 years of success that we have achieved together and continue working in the State House to protect our environment, watch out for consumers and put Vermont on a path to a sustainable future. Click on a program name below to jump ...

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Updated: 1400+ Call for End of Gas Pipeline Project


VPIRG and hundreds of our supporters joined with a coalition to urge Governor Peter Shumlin and the Public Service Board to stop construction of the fracked gas pipeline. Read the updated statement to the media and the full letter to Governor Shumlin and the Public Service Board below. ———————————————— Updated statement Middlebury, Vermont — Just days before the ...

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Federal spending bill rejects anti-GMO labeling push!


In a win for the 90% of Americans who support labeling GMO products, the federal spending bill released this morning not only rejected industry’s push for anti-labeling language, but included a provision requiring labeling for genetically engineered salmon! This puts Vermonters another huge step closer to seeing labels on GMO foods next summer. The biotech and ...

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Paul Burns & Jon Erickson Debate Climate Solutions with Ethan Allen Institute


VPIRG Executive Director Paul Burns and UVM professor and Gund Institute economist Jon Erickson made the case for pricing carbon pollution in a debate against opponents from the climate-change-denying Ethan Allen Institute Thursday night in Montpelier. Burns and Erickson went back and forth with the Ethan Allen Institute’s Rob Roper and John McClaughry over whether Vermont ...

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