New report finds toxic BPA in two out of three tested canned food linings

VPIRG and members of the Alliance for Clean and Healthy Vermont co-released a new report produced by national partners today that found that the lining of two out of three cans tested contain the toxic chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that negatively impacts our hormonal systems.…

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Healthy Soil = Healthy Planet

Today our advocate Falko Schilling testified in favor of S. 159, a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation that would establish a state-level certification program for products produced using regenerative agricultural processes.   We support this bill for a few important reasons: It will help to legitimize and support regenerative agriculture, which has…

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Government Operations Committee Passes Bill to Expand Access to Dental Care

This week the Government Operations Committee voted 4-1 to pass legislation to allow mid-level dental providers (called dental therapists) to expand the dental team in Vermont. The Committee took testimony a wide range of stakeholders including advocates, and oral health professionals from across the country. Some of the most compelling…

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Oral Health Care For All Coalition Calls For Licensed Dental Practitoners

Today VPIRG and allies from the Vermont Oral Health Care for All Coalition gathered at the State House to voice support  for legislation that would expand Vermont’s dental workforce.  S.20 and H.1 would allow Licensed Dental Practitioners to provide dental services in the state of Vermont and address dental access…

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Important First Day for Vermont’s Bill to Ban Microbeads

This morning, the legislative push to ban microbeads from being sold in Vermont began with testimony to the Fish and Wildlife Committee. House members David Deene (D) Windham-4, Jill Krowinski (D) Chittenden 6-3, and Patti Komline (R) Bennington-Rutland, are cosponsors of the legislation to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in…

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VPIRG Legal Brief Blasts Vermont Gas

On December 29, VPIRG filed a legal motion asking the Public Service Board to reject Vermont Gas’ extraordinary request to indefinitely delay proceedings on the Phase II of the company’s fracked gas pipeline project. Specifically, VPIRG asked the Board to dismiss Vermont Gas’ Petition without prejudice, but with specific conditions…

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Two amazing conferences in December on Energy Policy

  This December there will be two conferences held both here in Vermont and in our nation’s capital to discuss and forge plans going forward for energy policy. The first conference is happening this Saturday, December 4 — VPIRG is co-hosting the annual Community Energy and Climate ActionConference where Governor…

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