12th of December 2018
Toxics Action Center Holiday Update 2018
Thanks to you, we’re working with activists on the frontlines of environmental threats across our region and beyond. We believe community organizing is the way to a future where we breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in healthy, just and sustainable communities. See what you’ve made possible.
8th of November 2018
Congrats to the Lake Iroquois activists!
It all started when a group of neighbors took a stand against the town’s plan to use toxic pesticides on Lake Iroquois, a small lake just outside of Burlington, to stop an invasive plant. Neighbors were concerned that the pesticide Sonar would threaten the health of the lake and the safety of their drinking water.
31st of October 2018
CLF and Partners Petition for New Drinking Water Standards in Vermont
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and several partner organizations have filed a petition to push the State of Vermont to adopt new drinking water standards that protect the public from the dangers of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). Without a new standard, public water systems in Vermont are not required to regularly monitor for PFAS compounds or to treat water with unsafe levels of these toxic chemicals.
18th of October 2018
Sustainable Lebanon Delivers over 1,100 Petitions to City Council
This evening concerned residents, including a group of Lebanon High School students, rallied on the steps of Lebanon City Hall to send city government the message, “No Pipeline Here!” Some then walked inside to deliver over 1,100 signatures to City Council, all from Lebanon residents and students calling on the City Council to take every legal and regulatory action at its disposal to prevent the natural gas storage facility, regasification plant, and pipeline from proceeding.
9th of October 2018
Lake Iroquois pesticide permit denied in groundbreaking decision
On Monday, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied the Town of Williston’s application for a permit to use chemical pesticides on Lake Iroquois in Hinesburg, VT. The decision marks the first time that the DEC has permanently denied a permit of this kind.
8th of October 2018
Federal Judge Denies Casella’s Motion to Dismiss Clean Water Act Suit
After hearing arguments from the parties in an open court hearing on Tuesday, a federal district judge in Concord denied Casella Waste System’s and North Country Environmental Services’ (NCES) motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by Toxics Action Center and Conservation Law Foundation. The lawsuit alleges illegal discharges of pollutants from the companies’ Bethlehem landfill into the Ammonoosuc River.
4th of October 2018
Scientists to examine health impacts on children exposed to contaminated drinking water
Silent Spring Institute was awarded a $2.6 million federal grant to investigate highly fluorinated chemicals called PFASs and their impacts on children’s health. PFASs are a class of hazardous substances that have been detected in drinking water supplies across the country, affecting millions of Americans and raising health concerns. Findings from the study could lead to stronger drinking water protections and help communities reduce their exposures.
Environmental, public health groups decry dismissal of landfill pollution case
“We think the judge got this 100% wrong,” said Claire Miller of Toxics Action Center, one of the groups that brought the case. “We are currently exploring our options for challenging what we believe is the unjust dismissal of a case that is critical to protecting the health of local residents and the integrity of our local environment.”
2nd of October 2018
One leader standing up to fossil fuels
One leader standing up to fossil fuels It’s been nearly four years since Alice Arena found out that a pipeline was going to cut through her town. That’s when one of the pipeline’s most dangerous components, a compressor station, was slated to be built on the last remaining green space in the Fore River Basin […]