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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Many Vermont schools and childcare facilities are in older buildings, which means they are more likely to have lead in their plumbing.
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.