Updates

Plastic pollution has reached the deepest place on Earth.

Migratory birds, caribou, polar bears and walruses are among the Arctic wildlife that will stay protected under bills advancing in Congress.

LD 1743 'An Act To Reclassify Certain Waters of the State' would update classifications for certain waters based on water quality data. This is the first time in almost 10 years, Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing to upgrade water quality protections for hundreds of miles of Maine’s rivers and streams. The most remarkable proposals concern Maine’s largest river, the Penobscot. They reflect great gains in water quality demonstrated by years of detailed monitoring. 

Govenor Janet Mills' and Senator David Woodsome's bill LD 1679 ‘An Act To Promote Clean Energy Jobs and To Establish the Maine Climate Council’ would establish the Maine Climate Change Council to assist Maine to mitigate, prepare for and adapt to climate change, provides that by January 1, 2030 80 percent of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources and by January 1, 2050 100 percent of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources, and updated the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required in statute to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 and 45 percent by 2030.

LD 1711 would lift the community solar cap from the current arbitrary limit of 9 to allow up to 200 participants under net metering, with no limit on participants for community solar farms under a competitive process. This bill aims to increase access to community solar, by instating specific targets and policies to assist low- and moderate- income families. It will also use competitive markets to capture low-cost solar, and build on the innovative, bipartisan policy ideas developed in recent years between Maine consumer advocates, solar businesses, and others resulting in at least three hundred megawatts of medium-scale (up to 5 MW) solar installations for communities, municipalities, and businesses.

As we work to tackle plastic pollution here in Maine, our national network's campaign to put wildlife over waste has made major headway in four states.

North Atlantic right whales and other marine wildlife are safe, at least for now, from a Trump administration plan to expand offshore drilling.

America's colleges and universities are riding the crest of the renewable energy wave.

It's like watching a bad horror movie: You know something awful is about to happen, and the only questions are when, where and how bad it will be.

LD 1532 will prohibits a retail establishment from using single-use carry-out bags to bag products at the point of sale or otherwise make single-use carry-out bags available to customers, with exemptions for certain types and uses of plastic and paper bags. Retail establishments may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale for at least 5¢ per bag, with exceptions to the fee requirement for certain types of retail establishments. The prohibition woudl be effective April 22, 2020.