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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 […]


26th of September 2018

Contamination Victims Journey to Capitol Seeking Help from Senate

“We want to show that we are real people; we are real families who have been impacted by this widespread contamination,” said Andrea Amico of Testing for Pease in Portsmouth, NH, another impacted resident testifying at the hearing. “We want our government officials to understand what our needs are and what we need from them to help us solve this nation wide problem. It is critical our government prioritize public health by taking swift and meaningful action to help so many exposed to these contaminants.”


20th of September 2018

Toxics Action Center Executive Director Sylvia Broude wins $50,000 public service award

Sylvia Broude is the 2018 recipient of the Frank Hatch “Sparkplug” Award for Enlightened Public Service, the highest award granted by the John Merck Fund. Broude is a Boston resident and is the Executive Director of Toxics Action Center, a public health and environmental non-profit that for over 30 years has operated as the 9-1-1 of the environmental movement, organizing side by side with communities to tackle local environmental threats and develop new leaders for the environmental and social change movements.