City nears resolution with EPA over Clean Water Act violations

Portland is still negotiating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Water Act that occurred between 2007 and 2009 and at the same time moving forward with upgrades to the city's wastewater systems.


Chemical companies using denial and delaying tactics with BPA

Denial and delay. If the approach sounds familiar, it is because, sadly, it happens frequently in medicine. Individuals don’t want to admit to health problems, denying and delaying until it is much more difficult to make a difference.

It is a tragedy, because everyone knows that prevention is better than the best health care. Of course, when a patient or a medical professional take this catastrophic approach, the results impact only the circle around that person. But when an entire industry adopts “deny and delay” as its strategy, it can sicken thousands and even millions of people over decades.


Slowing cargo ships cuts pollution near ports by more than half, study finds

Slowing cargo vessels near coastlines by 10 to 15 miles per hour could dramatically cut ships’ air pollution, according to a new study. But only a few U.S. ports have initiated such efforts. A speed limit of 14 mph, down from the current cruising speeds of 25 to 29 mph, would cut nitrogen oxides – a main ingredient of smog – by 55 percent and soot by almost 70 percent. It also would reduce carbon dioxide – a potent greenhouse gas and key contributor to climate change – by 60 percent. With 100,000 ships carrying 90 percent of the world’s cargo, air pollution is a heavy burden for people living near ports, so slowing ships could improve their health, researchers say.


State hires Michigan firm for mining regulations overwrite

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has chosen a Michigan firm to help the agency carry out the first major rewrite of the state’s metallic mining regulations in two decades.


Maine Voters Overwhelmingly Support Safer Chemicals

The same Maine voters who elected Angus King and rejected the LePage agenda also support pending state and federal actions to remove dangerous chemicals from everyday products as reflected in a new poll.