Toxics & Environmental Health

Important vote on mercury lamp recycling

The benefits of fluorescent bulbs in terms of energy efficiency are tremendous, and VPIRG supports their continued use. However, fluorescent bulbs also contain mercury, a known neurotoxin that can build up in our bodies and the environment. As the demand for energy efficient lighting increases, it’s imperative that Vermont have an effective recycling infrastructure in place.

The Agency of Natural Resources is looking for input on their proposed e-waste plan

Last spring, VPIRG successfully advocated for an e-waste law that requires manufacturers to pay for an electronics recycling program in Vermont, including free and convenient collection programs in every county across the state. The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) has drafted their plan and took public comment — including many from our VPIRG members — in December.

Tritium leak reaches local drinking water aquifer

Tritium was discovered in a former drinking water well at Vermont Yankee, according to the Vermont Department of Health. The well where the tritium was found is about 360 feet deep, passing through the bedrock into the underground aquifer at the plant. The sample taken from the well revealed tritium concentration of 1,380 picocuries-per-liter. Entergy Louisiana could …

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