State of Vermont Archives: on Environment
Our waterways are under threat from decades of pollution
House Speaker Shap Smith offered this statement on the House's progress to advance H.35, a comprehensive water quality bill: "Vermont's waters are critical to its economy and quality of life. Our waterways are currently under threat from decades of
pollution. I am pleased that the House voted to advance a comprehensive effort to address this challenge. By taking this step toward action, the Vermont House has sent a clear signal that it is committed to cleaning up our rivers and lakes."
Source: 2016 gubernatorial press release via speaker.vermont.gov
Apr 1, 2015
Support local agriculture; they're stewards of our land
I would continue to support and develop more robust and self-sustaining agricultural sectors that promote emerging agricultural industries and work to ensure that the policies and programs of the State will support and promote the
Vermont agriculture industry as a vital component of the State's economy and essential steward of our land.
I would continue to work to increase economic development in Vermont's food and farm sector, create jobs in the food and farm economy and improve access to healthy local foods.
I would also work as I have in the past to market the Vermont brand both outside of Vermont and internally.
Source: NE Organic Farming Assoc. on 2016 Vermont gubernatorial race
Nov 1, 2012
Reduce chemicals in consumer goods, when evidence warrants
I believe we can all agree with efforts to reduce harmful chemicals in consumer goods. I believe it's important to have good
scientific evidence of harmful health effects before mandating costly changes to production lines, but if the evidence is there, there is no question that the cost and the inconvenience is well worth it to protect our health.
Source: Planned Parenthood survey on 2016 Vermont gubernatorial race
Mar 15, 2012
Clean up Lake Champlain: federal waivers & local flexibility
A clean Lake Champlain is critical to our quality of life and our attractiveness to tourists, anglers, boaters and birders who share our love of our lake. Although we protect our great lake with Quebec and New York, much of the water runs through our
state, and its cleanliness is as crucial to our economic vitality as it is to our culture and our health. Lake Champlain provides drinking water for more than 200,000 people, while the state's reputation for environmental quality and lake stewardship
reflects upon all of us. We must make faster progress in cleaning up the lake. I will work together with our Congressional delegation and President Obama to seek waivers that will enable us to place federal dollars in a central pool that would give our
communities and farmers the flexibility to maximize our efforts and get results. The time for talk is over; we must clean up Lake Champlain.
Source: 2011 Vermont State of the State Address
Jan 25, 2011
Supports open space preservation & brownfield cleanup
Q: Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Q: Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Dunne would use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Source: Vermont Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 2002
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