News Release | Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, Environment Maine

Lawmakers Urged to Get Toxic BPA out of Children’s Food

(AUGUSTA) The message from parents, physicians, scientists, and health advocates was loud and clear on Wednesday: get toxic BPA out of children’s food. The Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee heard from dozens of testifiers on LD 902, a rule that would phase-out the use of BPA in infant formula and baby food packaging. 

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Exxon’s Tar Sands Oil Spill Shows Dangers of Maine Pipeline Project

Following the rupture of ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline on Friday afternoon, which spilled at least 84,000 gallons of tar sands oil and forced 22 families to evacuate their homes in the small town of Mayflower, Arkansas, Environment Maine Director Emily Figdor released the following response: “This accident must be a nightmare for the families suddenly having to evacuate their homes, but it’s also a glimpse into the very real consequences we could face in Maine if the Portland-Montreal pipeline is allowed to carry the same dirty tar sands oil through our state.

News Release | Environment Maine, Natural Resource Defense Council, 350.org

Groups Urge Canadian Energy Board to Consider Tar Sands Pipeline Impacts on New England

U.S. environmental groups formally asked Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) last week to consider the impacts of a proposed tar sands oil pipeline on New England communities. The groups weighed in as the NEB closed public input last Thursday (March 21) on the first phase of its review of a tar sands oil pipeline project in Ontario and Quebec that connects to a New England pipeline. They asked the NEB to broaden the review’s limited scope and consider not only impacts on the Canadian side of the border, but also the impacts of a tar sands oil spill on New England communities and of tar sands production and use on the global climate.

News Release | Environment Maine, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay

Citizen Groups Seek Court Order to Save Spring Run of Endangered Atlantic Salmon

Two local conservation groups have requested a federal judge to order the temporary shutdown of turbines at four hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec and Androscoggin Rivers this spring to save thousands of out-migrating young Atlantic salmon. Without a shutdown, the endangered salmon smolts will be forced through the rapidly spinning turbine blades at each dam, where a high percentage will be killed in violation of the Endangered Species Act.  The dams involved are the Weston, Shawmut, and Lockwood dams on the Kennebec River, and Brunswick dam on the Androscoggin River.

News Release | Environment Maine

Environment Maine Applauds Action on Climate Change

Portland, Maine—Northeast and Mid-Atlantic state officials today announced improvements to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) that would reduce power plant pollution in the region by more than 20 percent over the next decade.  However, Gov. Paul LePage indicated he will propose legislation to redirect the revenue Maine receives from auctioning pollution credits under the program, which is currently invested in energy efficiency.

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