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EPA Adds 23 Chemicals to Action List: 9 Already on Vermont’s List

October 29, 2014

Last legislative session VPIRG led the charge to pass the toxic-free families act, a bill that will protect children from dangerous toxins that big companies hide in children’s products. The landmark legislation created a list of 66 toxic chemicals (borrowed from Washington State) that the Vermont Department of Health can take further regulatory action on (i.e. labeling or banning).

Well, apparently the EPA has taken notice of little ole Vermont. Last week the EPA added 23 chemicals to its list for scrutiny and possible action and 9 of them were already on Vermont and Washington’s list.…

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Tips for Climate Messengers

September 22, 2014

Thank you for pledging to keep up the momentum for climate action by talking to your friends, neighbors, and community leaders.  We’re here to help and would love to hear how your conversations are going.  Check out some tips below, and contact VPIRG’s Climate Organizer, Walter Gustafson (the one yelling and kneeling in this pic) with questions, reports back on conversations, or for moral support!  He can be reached at wgustafson -at- vpirg.org or 802-223-5221 ext.…

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Air source heat pumps: Even better than gas?

July 24, 2014

At a time when Vermont can and should take action to cut the pollution we contribute to worsening climate change, the results of a VPIRG-commissioned study should come as no surprise. Even using the most conservative measures possible (we didn’t, for example, take into account all of the methane pollution that leaks out during the fracking process and along the way when fracked gas is being transported), our research suggests that air source heat pumps will save money and pollution–even when compared to gas.…

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Memo: Constitutionality of Labeling GMOs

May 30, 2014

Vermont Law School’s Environment and Natural Resources Law Clinic assembled the following thorough memorandum on the constitutionality of labeling genetically engineered foods.

Click here to view the memo.

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VPIRG & CLF Recommend Efficiency Investments

May 22, 2014

Every three years the Public Service Board reviews Efficiency Vermont’s budget and decides how much they should invest, and how much they should save Vermonters, going forward. That review is underway right now, and what they decide will determine whether or not we’re leaving potential savings on the table.

Saving money and reducing pollution makes sense. The cleanest and cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use thanks to efficiency and conservation, and more and more states are waking up to that.…

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RELEASE: Vermont Earns A- in Spending Transparency

April 9, 2014

New Report: Vermont Receives an “A-”
in Transparency of Government Spending

Montpelier – Vermont received a grade of A- today on government spending transparency, according to “Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data,” the fifth annual report of its kind by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

“Governor Shumlin and his team have made a real commitment to improving public access to information about government spending, and that commitment is reflected in the outstanding grade that Vermont received in this report,” said Paul Burns, Executive Director of VPIRG.…

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McCutcheon Money

April 2, 2014

If you liked Citizens United, you’re going to love McCutcheon

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. U.S. PIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2,800 elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.

As this report outlines, Citizens United the Supreme Court handed a giant megaphone to the wealthiest interests with its Citizens United decision.…

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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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