News Release | Environment Maine

Maine says no to offshore drilling

Gov. Janet Mills has signed a measure that bans offshore oil and gas drilling in state waters, which extend roughly three miles off Maine’s shore. This bill, LD 955, was sponsored by state Rep. Michael Devin, D-Newcastle. New York and New Hampshire have passed similar bills and Massachusetts is considering one.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Senate hearing highlights need for clean water protections

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this morning on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to replace the Clean Water Rule. The proposed rule would roll back protections for much of America’s network of waterways. The administration’s ‘Dirty Water Rule’ would leave vast networks of America’s rivers, lakes and streams vulnerable to pollution, endangering wildlife and public health. It flies in the face of common sense, sound science and public opinion.

News Release | Environment Maine

Gov. Mills disappoints with veto of two bills that would protect locals from the CMP corridor

Today, Governor Mills vetoed LD 1383 and LD 1363, which would have protected local communities from the controversial CMP corridor project. These bills will only be enacted if  two-thirds of the House and Senate vote to override the governor’s veto.

News Release | Environment Maine

Statement: Maine Senate passes the plastic bag ban

Just over a month ago, Maine became the first state in the country to pass a statewide ban on polystyrene foam cups and containers. Now, the Maine legislature is attempting to address another common and hazardous forms of single-use plastic: disposable grocery bags. If passed, Maine would become only the fourth state in the country to effectively to do.

News Release | Environment America

Senate committee advances bipartisan bill to phase out PFAS in military

The U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services today announced legislation to phase out the military’s use of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams. As part of the annual defense spending bill, called The National Defense Authorization Act, the Pentagon would be restricted from purchasing PFAS foams after 2022, and prohibited from using PFAS foams after 2023. We applaud the bipartisan group of senators who came together this week to protect our drinking water from these toxic chemicals. Ending the use of these persistent, cancer-causing chemicals is the best way to prevent contamination. From Michigan to North Carolina, families are grateful for this week’s progress and counting on Congress to finish the job.

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