News Release | Environment America

House passes sweeping PFAS protections: 2025 ban on military use, Superfund cleanup and clean water safeguards

The U.S. House approved a host of provisions today to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The annual defense spending bill would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams by 2025 — a major source of drinking water contamination. The bill would also designate all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under Superfund and toxic pollutants under the Clean Water Act, spurring cleanup and reducing discharges into waterways, respectively.

Both chambers have now incorporated our request to rapidly phase out the military’s use of PFAS. This is what communities and service members deserve. The House wants this phaseout by 2025, while the Senate says 2023. We are gratified to see this Congressional race to the top.

News Release | Environment America

Senate approves 2023 ban on military’s toxic PFAS foams

The U.S. Senate passed its annual defense policy bill today with a host of provisions to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). One key provision would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams — a major source of pollution — by 2023. By incorporating our request to adopt a 3-year timeline for phasing out military use of PFAS, the Senate bill prevents further contamination quickly — which is what communities and service members deserve.

News Release | Environment Maine

Gov. Mills signs three climate action bills at local solar array

Gov. Janet Mills signed three bills aimed at addressing global warming  into law today (LD 1679, LD 1711 and LD 1494) at the Cianbro Corp.’s solar array. Together this legislation puts Maine on the path to lowering its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below the 1990 levels and to shifting the state’s electricity to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. In addition, a newly established Maine Climate Council will help mitigate climate change impacts with a variety of working groups making sure the voices of all Mainers are heard. 

News Release | Environment Maine

Trump administration’s replacement to Clean Power Plan sends U.S. in the wrong direction on climate change

The Trump administration announced today its rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, which was put into place in 2015. The Clean Power Plan was set to cut carbon pollution from the electric power sector by 32 percent by 2030 and, so far, we’ve been on track to meet those targets. While even steeper cuts are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change, this new replacement plan is expected to slow the transition of the power sector to clean, renewable energy.

News Release | Environment Maine

Maine is only one step away from 100% renewable energy

The Maine Legislature approved a bill last night that would put the state on a path to a clean energy future, with the Senate voting a unanimous 34-0. LD 1494 would increase Maine’s renewable portfolio standard from 40 percent by 2030 to 80 percent, and set a target of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. If LD 1494 is signed into law, Maine would join Hawaii, California, New Mexico, and Washington with 100 percent renewable energy commitments on the books.

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