Environment Maine
Bangor Daily News
Glen Adams

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill to revise Maine’s mining regulations. 

The legislation was prompted by J.D. Irving Co.’s interest in mining gold, silver, copper and other metals in Aroostook County’s Bald Mountain. The bill’s supporters said restrictions in the law hamper the ability to develop potential mines in the state.

Environmentalists expressed reservations with the law, saying it weakens groundwater standards for mining operations and cleanup requirements for mining operations.

“These operations have no place in Maine,” said Environment Maine Director Emily Figdor.

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