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Climate

Veto likely as House sends Global Warming Solutions Act to governor’s desk

The Vermont House approved legislation Wednesday that would legally mandate the state meet carbon emission reductions targets in the coming years, and allow individuals to sue the government if it fails to do so.

Climate

Vermont just banned food waste in trash. Here's how it works

Vermont officials won’t be digging through trash cans looking for lawbreakers—but they believe residents care enough about composting to make it a success.
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Toxics

Vermont plastic bag ban takes effect, with other rules

A new set of laws took effect Wednesday in Vermont that are designed to protect the environment in a state that has long prided itself on taking care of its natural resources. As of July 1, stores across the state can no longer bag customers' purchases in plastic.

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Climate

Pandemic clouds progress on climate change legislation

Before Covid-19 hit, 2020 was shaping up to be a momentous year for climate change policy in Vermont.

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Climate

Vermont regulators approve groundbreaking home energy storage programs

GMP says the program will save customers money by allowing the utility to draw on the stored power during peak demand.
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Justice

Hunting for game wardens: A shortage of conservation officers

States are facing significant shortages of conservation officers, who help protect natural resources and wildlife. COVID-19 could make it worse.
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Food

To avoid dumping milk, dairy farmers find new market at Vermont food banks

In Vermont and across New England, the dairy industry is coming together to support struggling farmers and hungry families.
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Toxics

California sues EPA for suspending pollution enforcement during coronavirus pandemic

California, along with eight other states, sued the EPA for suspending enforcement of air and water pollution monitoring and reporting during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Toxics

Study finds PFAS contamination in Cohoes around Norlite incinerator

A study by Bennington College released on Monday found unusually high amounts of potentially hazardous PFAS compounds in the soil and water downwind from the embattled Norlite aggregate and incineration plant.

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Toxics

'We don't want to contaminate the water': Tough finances add to farmer's pollution problems

As Vermont spends tens of millions of dollars to clean up Lake Champlain and other waterways, dairy farms are under increasing scrutiny.

Toxics

Overall pesticide usage down, weedkiller atrazine on the rise in Vermont

Atrazine was the most-used pesticide on Vermont farms despite being banned in Europe.
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Toxics

Gas price concerns rise as Pennsylvania considers a regional climate pact for cars

Pennsylvania state senators on Wednesday raised concerns that a possible multistate initiative to reduce emissions of climate warming gases from cars and trucks will drive up fuel prices in the commonwealth.

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Toxics

Tobacco industry targets Vermont’s proposed ban on menthol products

Democrats are teed up to pass legislation to ban flavored nicotine and vapes. The tobacco industry is focusing its opposition on a ban on menthol products.
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Climate

Northeast governors slow to embrace regional climate pact

Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change initiative will increase gas prices.

From our Newsroom

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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