Why VPIRG supports updating Vermont’s successful solar law

January 29, 2014

Vermont’s most successful renewable energy program, net metering, is responsible for the exponential growth of solar in our state–today, Vermont ranks 9th in the country for solar installed per capita. To give Vermont’s successful solar program room to grow, VPIRG’s pressing lawmakers to update the law by passing H.702.

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VPIRG proposes conditions to PSB

January 13, 2014

The Public Service Board (PSB) is considering whether to grant Entergy a CPG for the next year. As recent stories in the media have exposed, the PSB has some tough questions about the proposed agreement.

There are no easy answers and no perfect solutions here. The fact is, the state has limited power over Entergy and the ultimate decommissioning of the plant.  Much of the regulatory authority rests with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That’s why VPIRG is working every angle we’ve got to make sure Vermont has as big a voice in the decommissioning process as possible.…

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‘Chem Fatale’ Report Highlights Dangers in Feminine Care Products

November 6, 2013

Hormone disruptors, carcinogens, among toxic chemicals found in tampons, douches, wipes and more

A new report “Chem Fatale” by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) details how the feminine care industry sells products containing unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals, including preservatives, pesticides, fragrances and dyes. This report provides yet another example of unnecessary and toxic chemicals used in products Vermonters use every day.

“First we learned there’s lead in VPR mugs, and now we find out some tampons contain toxins,” stated Lauren Hierl, environmental health advocate at VPIRG.

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VPIRG Opposes Permit Extension for Vermont Yankee: Calls for increased state role in decommissioning process

October 25, 2013

In a brief filed with the Public Service Board, VPIRG called on the Board to grant the people of Vermont – through their Governor or Department of Public Service – a voice in the process of decommissioning the plant.

Entergy has made clear that it intends to close Vermont Yankee by the end of 2014. The company has said that there is currently a shortfall of roughly $275 million in the Decommissioning Trust Fund. Current regulations allow Entergy to delay decommissioning so that it would not be complete for 60 years.…

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Bottle Bill is Strongly Supported by Vermonters, Polling Shows

September 6, 2013

As the state reviews options for reducing waste, one proposal is a clear winner: an expanded Bottle Bill. A recent draft study shows the state could recycle more and reduce greenhouse gases by expanding its Bottle Bill – and according to polling, that’s a very popular idea among Vermonters.

The annual Doyle survey consistently shows support of about 80% of Vermonters for an expanded Bottle Bill, and scientific polling VPIRG conducted a couple years ago echoes that strong support, with 93% supporting the Bottle Bill, and 86% wanting it expanded to additional types of beverages.…

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VPIRG’s legal brief to the Public Service Board

August 28, 2013

Time and time again, VPIRG has exposed how Entergy regularly fails to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  In the wake of Entergy’s decision to go public with its decision to close Vermont Yankee, the take-away point of a recent memo from VPIRG’s legal team rings especially true.

Entergy’s adamant that it decided to close Vermont Yankee just hours before going public with the plan.  It offered one reason for its decision.  …

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Report: Vermont Ranks 9th in the Nation in Solar Power

July 23, 2013

Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, is a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The report ranks Vermont 9th in the nation for per capita solar installations. This makes Vermont one of a dozen states that have led the nation in solar energy with supportive policies and a commitment to continued expansion.

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Apples to Twinkies 2013

July 16, 2013

One Billion Tax Dollars per Year Subsidize Junk Food Ingredients, Fuel Obesity Epidemic

Montpelier, VT – Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high-fructose corn syrup, at a rate that would buy 20 Twinkies for each American taxpayer every year, according to USPIRG’s new report, “Apples to Twinkies 2013.” Meanwhile, the limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy just one half of an apple per taxpayer.

These subsidies are part of the Farm Bill that expires in September.…

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Legislative Accomplishments 2013

May 20, 2013

The legislative session is over, and the results are in.  Here at VPIRG, we’re celebrating the victories that our members helped to bring about. Thank you!

Of course, we didn’t win every fight.  The Legislature failed to commit the necessary resources to weatherize our homes and businesses, for example.  But we’re taking the time to celebrate the wins, reflect on the losses, and get to work building the grassroots support to carry us forward again, next year!…

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NEWS RELEASE: Vermont Receives a “C+” in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending

March 26, 2013


Montpelier, VT – Vermont received a “C+” when it comes to government spending transparency, according to “Following the Money 2013: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data,” the fourth annual report of its kind by a federation of public interest research groups that includes the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG).

“State governments across the country – including Vermont – have become more transparent about where public money goes, providing citizens with the information they need to hold elected officials and businesses that receive public funds accountable,” said Paul Burns, executive director of VPIRG.…

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