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.…
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.…
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.…
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. …
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.
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.…
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!…
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.…
February 28, 2013
Vermont’s Bottle Bill is our state’s most successful recycling program and a model we can build on to help move Vermont toward a zero-waste future. A Clean and Green Vermont: A Special Report on the Environmental and Economical Benefits of Vermont’s Bottle Bill, released by VPIRG and the Container Recycling Institute, examines ways in which the Bottle Bill is uniquely effective at collecting and recycling beverage containers, and how the program could become even better.
New poll shows massive public support for wind power in Vermont: Support goes up when it’s in the neighborhood
February 26, 2013
A new poll released today by the Castleton Polling Institute continues to show overwhelming public support for building renewable wind energy turbines on Vermont ridgelines. In fact, the support for building wind actually increased from 66 percent to 69 percent when the question was specifically asking about wind power being developed in your community.