PCB school testing pause proposal advances to Vermont Senate

Published: Mar. 30, 2023 at 10:52 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - A bill that would put a pause on Vermont’s PCB school testing program has advanced to the state Senate.

The House Thursday voted to pass H.486, which endeavors to halt the PCB sampling process and establish a task force to identify overall education facility needs throughout Vermont.

The separate testing and assessment projects, under Acts 74 and 72, respectively, both launched in 2021. Some lawmakers want to integrate the two programs. But Senate leadership has said in multiple legislative hearings they don’t support the delay.

The bill also suggests granting the Burlington school district $16 million to help cover the cost of demolishing the North Avenue campus.

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