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2022’s Must Pass Bill – Environmental Justice for Vermont

by | Nov 30, 2021

S.148 introduced by Senator Ram-Hinsdale (D-Chittenden County) would create Vermont’s first and only environmental justice law. REV believes now is the time to pass this bill to ensure no Vermonter bears more than their share of environmental burdens and that all Vermonters benefit from reliable renewable energy. Read below for REV’s full statement of support for S.148:

REV believes that Vermont being one of eight states in the nation without an environmental justice policy must be rectified in the 2022 Legislative session. Therefore, the member businesses of Renewable Energy Vermont call upon the Vermont General Assembly to pass, and Governor Phil Scott to sign, S.148 introduced by Senator Ram-Hinsdale.

 

No part of Vermont’s population, regardless of its racial, cultural or economic makeup, should ever be asked to bear the more than its share of environmental burdens and Vermont should not promote the exporting of environmental burdens outside of our borders.

 

REV agrees with S.148’s findings that, “The cumulative impacts of environmental harms, including air and water pollution, low-quality housing stock, and greater exposure to extreme weather events disproportionately and adversely impact the health of BIPOC and low-income communities. These disproportionate adverse impacts are exacerbated by lack of access to affordable energy, adequate transportation, healthy food, and green spaces.

 

REV believes the provisions in S.148 are important steps forward towards ensuring that all Vermonters, as well as those beyond our borders, have access to a safe and clean environment and can share in the benefits of clean, reliable renewable energy.

To read the full bill click here.

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