Health Care Reform Commission Moves Forward

Vermont’s Health Care Reform Commission (HCRC) moved our state one step closer to comprehensive system reform yesterday.  Members voted unanimously in support of a consulting team, lead by Harvard Professor, Dr. William Hsaio, to move state health care reform efforts to the next level.  His team, which includes Jonathon Gruber…

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Update on federal efforts to reform Wall St.

While VPIRG has been hard at work here in Vermont winning credit card reform in the state legislature and working with our delegation on the financial reform legislation making its way through Congress, our partners at USPIRG have been hard at work in DC. Ed Mierzwinski, the Director of the…

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VY springs another new leak, narrowly avoids emergency shutdown

Earlier this week there was yet another new problem at the Vermont Yankee reactor, and this time it was related to the reactor core cooling system, which is critical to reactor safety.1, 2  The new leak was causing the reactor cooling system to lose 1.6 gallons of coolant per minute.…

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Vermont Yankee announces new radioactive leak

 Just two months after fixing their most recent leak of radioactive material, Vermont Yankee is at it again. Hours after the plant powered up after its recent refueling outage workers found a previously undiscovered leak in the piping excavated during the investigation into the just-fixed tritium leak. Entergy Vermont Yankee…

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Health care bill S.88 becomes law

Gov. Jim Douglas deserves some praise for his decision today to allow Vermont to continue down the path of health care reform.  Though he was unwilling to sign S.88, the governor also chose not to block the popular measure from becoming law.  Vermonters will be well-served by that decision. This…

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Vermont Yankee Tour Misses Opportunity for Open Dialogue

Today’s Burlington Free Press “My Turn” section features VPIRG’s President Duane Peterson’s report on his personal experience touring the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant earlier this month.  Below is Duane’s full report. Vermont Yankee Tour Misses Opportunity for Open Dialogue I recently toured the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.  The visit was arranged so…

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Vermont Legislature Passes Health Care Bill

 The differences between the House and Senate version of S.88, Vermont’s main health care bill, have been reconciled. The bill final bill, which is critical to Vermont’s health care reform efforts, passed the Senate on May 11, 2010 by a vote of 25-4.  It marks an important step forward in…

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Consumer Victory on Credit Cards

 On May 5th Vermont state legislators gave final passage to a bill that will help to curb predatory practices by credit card companies and protect both Vermont businesses and consumers. VPIRG Executive Director Paul Burns testified earlier in the House Commerce Committee in favor of the bill, S.138, An Act…

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