Vermont residents exposed to chemical pollution and seeking medical monitoring will have to continue to seek relief in the courts without state guidance, after a bill mandating monitoring was vetoed by Gov. Phil Scott (R).

The bill (S. 37) would have spelled out that Vermont residents exposed to above-normal levels of fluorinated and other chemicals could ask courts to require the responsible company to pay for long-term medical monitoring.

Courts in 16 states have ruled in favor of medical monitoring, according to the Associated Industries of Vermont. Courts in 12 states have ruled against it.

Scott said...