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Vermont State Parks Announces First Time Happy Campers Program: Try Out Camping for Free, Gear Included

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Vermont State Parks is excited to launch the new First Time Happy Campers Program at five parks during the months of July and August. Created in partnership with the Outdoor Gear Exchange, this program provides free camping for new campers, whose names will be chosen at random when they register through https://www.vtstateparks.com/happy-camper.html.

Agency of Natural Resources Secretary to Hold Community Forum on the Health of Vermont's Moose Herd and Other Environmental Topics on June 26

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On Tuesday, June 26th at 4pm, Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Secretary Julie Moore will host a gathering in Montpelier to discuss the health of Vermont's moose herd and other topics related to Vermont's natural world. Mark Scott, Director of Wildlife, and Cedric Alexander, Moose Project Leader for ANR's Fish & Wildlife Department, will join the Secretary to lead the discussion. Together, they will talk about the current health, status, and management of moose in Vermont and share information about the latest moose study. They will also provide information about the impacts of winter ticks on moose.

New Videos Explain Vermont Law Protecting Pregnant Workers

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Pregnant workers in Vermont have new legal protections in the workplace this year. As of January 1, 2018, employees experiencing healthy, uncomplicated pregnancies and needing reasonable workplace accommodations, such as rest breaks, a stool to lean or sit on, more frequent bathroom breaks, not lifting over a certain weight, flexible scheduling, or time off for medical appointments, are protected when making those requests, and unless they impose an undue hardship, employers must grant them. Vermont joins twenty-two other states and the District of Columbia in passing similar legislation.

VAAFM Announces Issuance of Revised Medium Farm Operation General Permit

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM, the Agency) has issued a revised Medium Farm Operation (MFO) General Permit (GP), following a lengthy information gathering and revision process. The MFO GP sets standards for MFOs in the State of Vermont generating animal waste to ensure they do not have a discharge of waste to the waters of the State and operate in accordance with their Nutrient Management Plan. Unless otherwise given notice by the Agency, all farms meeting the definition of a MFO in the State of Vermont are required to operate under the coverage of this GP.

2018 Grantees of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund Announced

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The Working Lands Enterprise Board awarded over $750,000 in grants to 25 Vermont agriculture and forest sector businesses and service providers at the statehouse today, in support of businesses and organizations that support Vermont's working landscape. The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative has distributed over $3.8 million in grants since its inception in 2012, leading to an additional 428 jobs and $18.1 million in sales.

Vermont Amends Federal Medicaid Waiver to Improve Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

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Vermont is pleased to announce today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved an amendment to Vermont's Global Commitment to Health 1115 Demonstration waiver that authorizes the State to receive federal Medicaid funding for treatment services offered at inpatient facilities provided to Medicaid enrollees to treat addictions to opioids and other substances.

Governor Phil Scott and Senator Patrick Leahy Celebrate the Expansion and Future Home of LEDdynamics, in Randolph, Vermont

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Governor Phil Scott and Senator Patrick Leahy were joined by local, regional, and state partners to celebrate the ground breaking of LEDdynamics' new home. The new 27,600 sq. ft. facility will allow the rapidly growing Randolph-based manufacturer of Light Emitting Diode (LED) products to double its workforce.

Agency of Natural Resources to Launch New Electric School and Transit Bus Pilot Program

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In a strategic move to improve air quality and decrease transportation sector emissions, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), in partnership with an interagency working group, today released the plan for how the state will use the funds received from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. The plan includes a strong focus on advancing electric vehicle technologies in Vermont and will help Vermonters transition to low and zero-emission vehicles. One of the most innovative elements of the plan is an electric school and transit bus pilot program.

Vermont's Annual Lake Seminar to be Held June 1, 2018

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Anglers, lakeside homeowners, scientists, students, watershed groups, conservation commission members, business owners, and lovers of lakes are invited to attend the 14th annual Vermont Lake Seminar. This daylong seminar is a time to celebrate lakes, learn how to write and submit a successful water quality grant application, and meet leaders from around the state pursing lake restoration projects.

Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment Grant of $1.5M Awarded to New England States for Regional Defense Industry Collaboration

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The states of Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have received a joint grant of $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to create an organization called the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration.

What is Hazardous Waste and What Can You Do About It?

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When people hear the words 'hazardous waste,' they may think of high-profile large industrial disasters, but in reality, most hazardous wastes are materials we are all familiar with, such as unused paint and solvents, oily wastes like shop rags, and strong acids and bases used in cleaning. This Spring, the Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a series of micro-trainings to help towns and businesses learn how to identify, manage, and minimize generation of common hazardous wastes.

Op Ed: Innovating for Water Quality

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From Vermont's inception, freedom and unity have spurred innovation. John Deere invented the tractor. Ben and Jerry created world-class ice cream. Environmental leaders like George Perkins Marsh defined conservation. The state's rich history highlights how Vermonters and their values have led the way.

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