Vermont House Passes Water Funding Bill that Includes Revenue Sources 

May 7, 2018  
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The Vermont House of Representatives has voted to move forward legislation (S.260) to fund clean water.  The House version of S.260 includes revenue for clean water that will go into effect as early as 2020 if alternate sources of funding are not enacted.

Jon Groveman, Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) Policy and Water Program Director stated, “VNRC applauds the Vermont House of Representatives’ approval of S.260 today.  It is a major step forward for additional funding sources for Clean Water to be approved by the House. VNRC is committed to working with the Legislature and the Scott Administration to ensure that sufficient long term stable source of funding for clean water is in place as required by Act 64 (the Vermont Clean Water Act) and the EPA.”

 

Lauren Hierl, Executive Director of Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) added: “VCV thanks the Vermont House for its strong vote today in support of a bill that makes meaningful progress on clean water funding. The House recognized we can no longer afford to kick the can down the road on clean water, and that we need to put in place funding to clean up waters across the state.”

 

She said that while work needs to continue on developing a long-term clean water funding plan that meets all of our needs, by putting a backstop revenue source in place the House has ensured additional funding will be available for clean water going forward.

 

While the House vote on S.260 today is a major step forward, both VNRC and VCV stress that Vermont must ensure that any revenue sources used for clean water will be sufficient to meet Vermont needs. Vermont is under a mandate from the EPA and Act 64 to have a plan to fund clean water over the next 20 years.

 

 

 

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