Vermont Senate overrides Scott veto of toxic substances bill

This article by Ed Damon originally appeared April. 19 in the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — The Vermont Senate voted Thursday to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a bill that would enact stricter regulation of toxic substances.

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Sen. Brian Campion, D-Bennington

Senators voted 22-8 to override the governor’s veto. The bill will now return to the House, where it originally passed on a vote of 96-42.

The bill, “An act relating to the regulation of toxic substances and hazardous materials,” came after PFOA contamination was found around Bennington. It passed the Senate and House last month. Scott vetoed the bill earlier this week.

Brian Campion, D-Bennington, called it “a very strong vote with a very strong message.”

Campion, a lead sponsor of the bill, said he was proud of his Senate colleagues, including Dick Sears, D-Bennington, “for showing leadership on this important issue.”

Read full story at the Bennington Banner.

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Images courtesy of Michael Bielawski/TNR and state of Vermont

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