News Release | Environment Maine

At Debate, King and Dill Reject Tar Sands Pipeline Through Maine

E2 Tech held a debate this morning for Maine’s U.S. Senate Candidates at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall in Portland. Environment Maine Director Emily Figdor released the following statement in response:

“The highlight was Angus King and Cynthia Dill both describing how reckless it would be to bring hot, corrosive tar sands oil through an old oil pipeline that passes right next to Sebago Lake. A tar sands oil spill in Sebago Lake, like the spill two years ago in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, would be devastating. Sebago Lake should remain pristine and be a place where families can continue to go for generations to come."

News Release | Environment Maine

Overwhelming Support for BPA-Free Baby and Toddler Foods Expressed at Public Hearing

The message from parents, physicians, scientists, and health advocates was loud and clear on Thursday: get toxic BPA out of baby and toddler food. The Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) heard from dozens of testifiers on a citizen-initiated rule that would phase out the use of the chemical BPA, or bisphenol-A, in the packaging of foods intentionally marketed to children under the age of three. This includes infant formula, baby foods, and toddler foods like Campbell’s Dora the Explorer soup and other canned foods branded with images of cartoon characters that market to preschoolers.

News Release | Environment Maine

Obama Admin. To Finalize Historic Clean Car Standards

Portland, Maine—The Obama administration today will finalize new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing carbon pollution and cutting oil use in Maine and nationwide.  The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to average the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025.  A recent joint analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Union of Concerned Scientists projects that in Maine alone the standards will cut carbon pollution by 1.12 million metric tons annually starting in 2030—the equivalent of the annual pollution from 170,000 of today’s vehicles—and save 95 million gallons of fuel each year.  

News Release | Environment Maine

As Emissions in Maine and Northeast States Decline, Economic Growth Outpaces Nation

Maine and other northeast states successfully reduced global warming pollution over the last decade, while at the same time growing their economies—and did so faster than the rest of the nation, according to a new Environment Maine report released today.

News Release | Environment Maine

Record Support for New Carbon Standards in Maine

The Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Maine today announced that 16,615 Maine people were part of an unprecedented three million U.S. citizens who contacted the U.S. EPA in support of national standards to limit dangerous industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. 

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