Vermont named in three ‘Dirty Dozen’ awards

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(Host) Vermont was named in three of the Dirty Dozen awards being announced this week across New England.

The awards are intended to spotlight the twelve most serious toxic hazards in the region. The Dirty Dozen event was created in 1996 by the Toxics Action Center, a statewide environmental group.

This year, the so-called honorees included the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, for storing radioactive waste at its site.

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation received a dirty dozen award, for letting International Paper go forward with a test burn of tires at its plant in Ticonderoga, just across Vermont on Lake Champlain.

And Chittenden Solid Waste District received an Emerging Threat Award . The agency has been trying to place a landfill in Williston, while environmentalists are concerned that toxins would eventually leak from the dump.

This is the tenth annual round of the Dirty Dozen Awards.

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