Legislative Update: Toxic Chemical Reform Moves Forward

S. 103 passed through the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee last Friday with unanimous support. The bill has since been approved by the Senate Finance Committee, and just needs to clear the Senate Appropriations Committee before it reaches the Senate floor for a discussion and vote. In the meantime,…

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Legislative Update: Toxic Chemical Reform

VPIRG's Paul Burns testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy in support of protecting Vermonters from toxic chemicals

The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee has been reviewing S. 103, the toxic chemical reform bill based on recommendations from a working group convened in response to PFOA contamination in Vermont. The comprehensive recommendations suggested by the working group would expand and strengthen our toxic chemical regulations, provide more…

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Study Finds Toxic Chemicals in Food Wrappers

A new study by the Environmental Working Group shows that chemicals closely related to PFOA, the toxic chemical that contaminated water in Bennington, are still used in some food wrappers. Since PFOA was banned from food contact substances, industry has shifted to coat food wrappers with similar chemicals with slightly different chemical…

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How Can We Better Protect Vermonters from Toxic Chemicals?

After PFOA was discovered in drinking water in Bennington County, VPIRG worked with members of the Legislature to pass Act 154, which helped address the contamination in the short-term and created a working group to evaluate how we regulate toxic chemicals and how we can better prevent similar situations from happening…

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VT Senate approves changes to public financing of campaigns

The Vermont Senate voted 19-6 in favor of S. 220, an act related to the public financing of campaigns, and sent it to the House for consideration. The bill makes improvements in our current law by allowing publicly financed candidates to run more competitive campaigns. Public financing of campaigns is…

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EVENT: Democracy Awakening, April 16-18

Our democracy was founded on the principle of “one person, one vote”, but it’s no secret that many Americans feel their vote doesn’t count. From the overwhelming influence of big money in politics to restrictive voting laws, barriers are disempowering Americans and pushing us away from participating in the political…

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VT House Passes Automatic Voter Registration!

Today, the Vermont House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in Vermont. With a vote of 137-0 on H. 458, House members stood up to modernize our voter registration system and reduce the barriers to democratic participation at a time when many states around the country are working…

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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…

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