Making Vermont a safer and healthier place to live by reducing waste and eliminating toxins from consumer products, drinking water, and our environment.

Thousands of toxic or untested chemicals are used in products we’re exposed to every day in our homes, schools, and workplaces. From PFAS in our drinking water to pesticides in our natural environment to harmful chemicals found in single-use plastics and other consumer products, there are simply too many hidden dangers. These toxins are building up in our bodies and contributing to alarming trends in public health, including increased rates of birth defects, developmental disabilities, reproductive disorders, cancers, and more.

VPIRG supports federal and state legislation that will get known toxins out of consumer products and require health and safety testing before chemicals make it into products on our store shelves. We are also committed to promoting a circular economy that reduces waste, creates jobs, and holds manufacturers accountable for environmental impacts from the full life cycle of products they create.

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Recent Environmental Health News

VPIRG Testimony: Keep Vermont Kids Safe from Toxic Chemicals

In a packed committee room in the Senate, VPIRG’s environmental health advocate, Lauren Hierl, presented lawmakers with a persuasive case: Step up and take action to keep Vermont kids safe from toxic chemical threats. Here’s an excerpt of VPIRG’s testimony in support of S. 239, a bill to strengthen protections against toxic chemicals: My own son was ...

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Toxic-Free Families Day- February 12th

What: A day of action aimed at showing broad public support for better protections from toxic chemicals in Vermont When: Wednesday, February 12th at 10:00 am Where: The Cedar Creek Room at the State House in Montpelier Who: Anyone who supports this issue, and children are more than welcome Why: Federal toxic chemical regulations are broken, allowing untested and ...

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2014 Legislative Priorities: Environmental Health

Protection from Untested Toxic Threats Every day, Vermonters are exposed daily to toxic chemicals because the federal government doesn’t require chemicals to be tested before they end up in the everyday products in your home.  Meanwhile, rates of health problems linked to chemical exposure—including cancer, infertility, asthma, learning disabilities — are all on the rise. In the ...

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VPIRG Member Melinda Moulton: The Time Has Come for Chemical Reform

The Time Has Come for Chemical Safety Reform Reprinted from VT Digger December 20th, 2013 Melinda Moulton of Burlington is the CEO of Main Street Landing and a VPIRG Member I am the proud grandmother of a 9-year-old boy with autism. RoRo is non-verbal and working to communicate using facilitated language. Over the years our family has tried to ...

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News Release: Annual VPIRG Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Montpelier, VT – Three days before Black Friday, VPIRG released its 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report to give Vermont parents the information they need to avoid purchasing one of the dangerous, toxic toys still found on store shelves. Despite recent progress, the results of the survey of hazardous ...

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News Release: Study Finds Harmful Chemicals In Children’s Furniture Sold in Vermont

For Immediate Release: November 20, 2013 Montpelier, VT– Five months after Vermont enacted a tough ban on a toxic flame retardant chemical, a new report out today found a majority of children’s furniture now contains a different—but also potentially harmful—chemical. Click here to download the report, “Playing on Poisons.”  The report, “Playing on Poisons,” found over 90 percent ...

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Reporting Back from D.C.

The Time for Toxic Chemical Reform is Now: An Op-ed by VPIRG Field Organizer Taylor Johnson  “I am tired of feeling like I have to have a PhD in toxicology in order to be a competent parent. I am tired of reminding school administrators, what is good for a tire is not good for a child.” Last ...

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