Emergencies or events often involve environmental contaminants. The Health Department plays a role in ensuring that Vermonters are kept safe and healthy from any hazardous biological, chemical or radiological contaminant that is in food, water or air.
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Act 66, passed in 2019, requires all Vermont school and child care providers to test their drinking and cooking water for lead. If lead is found at or above the action level, the tap must be taken out of service until lead levels are below the action level.
The Health Department protects health by making recommendations to the Department of Environmental Conservation about chemicals in drinking water. In 2016, two things triggered a change in thinking about the application of TFM (lampricide) to the LaPlatte River.