Environment: Lessons from Vermont

"The worse pollution becomes in New York and Boston," says Vermont Governor Deane C. Davis, "the more people will think about moving to the country." He means his own rural state, with its clean air, Green Mountains, free-roaming deer and "the view of Lake Memphremagog when the sun comes up in the morning." But will Vermont stay unspoiled?

Last spring Vermont enacted various progressive laws aimed primarily at the state's chief blight: slipshod real estate development (TIME, Sept. 26, 1969). In theory, the laws cure other ills as well. By mid-1971, for example, industries will be required to buy permits to...

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