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LURC's role needs to be reaffirmed, not subject to local political pressure

Scenic beauty, peace and quiet, a sense of remoteness -- qualities it is impossible to assign a dollar value to -- are resources as important to the tourist industry and to Maine residents alike as a sustainable wood supply is to the forest-products industry.

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Hearing Highlights Struggle over Future of Maine's North Woods

The struggle over the future of some of Maine's most pristine lands continued inside a hearing room in Augusta today. A bill incorporating changes proposed by a special commission would limit the power of the Land Use Regulation Commission and give land owners and counties more say over planning and zoning in the state's Unorganized Territory. Supporters told memebrs of the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee that the measure restores balance to a decision-making process too heavily weighted in favor of conservation. But environmental groups say the proposed changes will roll back 40 years of protections and destroy the character of Maine's North Woods.

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LURC reform bill draws large crowd, strong emotions

Lawmakers heard hours of passionate testimony Thursday on the economic and cultural importance of Maine's vast, undeveloped forests as they began work on a bill that could affect planning and permitting on nearly half of the acreage in the state.

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Coalition finds BPA in baby food, launches effort to further curb chemical's use in Maine

A coalition of Maine health and environmental groups is preparing to launch the next campaign against bisphenol-A, or BPA, on the heels of tests that found the controversial chemical additive in 11 of 12 samples of baby food in the state.

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Judge: Salmon protection case can move forward

A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought against the operators of a dam on the Kennebec River in an effort to protect the endangered Atlantic salmon can move forward.

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