News Release | Environment Maine

New Mining Law Rolls Back Drinking Water Protections

Portland, Maine—Environment Maine strongly criticized the mining bill, LD 1853, signed into law today by Gov. Paul LePage.  The bill weakens (1) groundwater standards for mining operations; (2) clean up requirements for mining operations; and (3) standards intended to hold mining companies, not taxpayers, accountable for cleanup costs. 

News Release | Environment Maine

Mainers, Others Submit 41,000 Comments Against Tar Sands Pipeline

Portland, Maine—The Canadian National Energy Board today closed public input on the proposed Line 9 Reversal Phase I tar sands pipeline project after receiving more than 41,000 citizen comments in opposition. A coalition of 11 groups, including Environment Maine, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Sierra Club Maine, ENE (Environment Northeast), and Conservation Law Foundation, submitted the comments, which focus on the environmental and public health dangers presented by the tar sands project and the need for a comprehensive environmental and public safety review. If fully completed, the tar sands pipeline reversal could threaten the Androscoggin River, Sebago Lake, and Casco Bay.

News Release | Environment Maine

Environment Maine Commends Lawmakers for Defeating Gov.’s Energy Bill

Environment Maine praised lawmakers today for defeating Gov. Paul LePage’s priority energy bill (LD 1863) late Friday night.  The bill died after the House rejected it by a 75-66 vote, the Senate approved a significantly weakened version by a vote of 19-16, and the two houses could not agree.  

News Release | Environment Maine

Maine Legislature Takes Strong Stand on Toxic Chemicals

Reflecting an overwhelming bipartisan consensus, the Maine Legislature passed a Joint Resolution Tuesday calling on Congress to modernize the federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The vote was unanimous in both the Maine Senate and the Maine House of Representatives.

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