News Release | Environment Maine

Statement: Gov. Mills signs first-in-the-nation foam ban into law

 Gov. Janet Mills has signed the first statewide foam ban in the country into law. Beginning January 1, 2020, LD 289 prohibits the sale of disposable food service containers made in whole or in part by polystyrene -- commonly referred to as Styrofoam.  While several other states have similar bills moving through their legislature, Maine is the first to put the law on the books. Maine will serve as an example for other states to follow.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Environment America endorses “Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act”

Five Congressmen introduced a bill this week to combat toxic drinking water pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). While PFAS chemicals are putting the drinking water of millions of Americans at risk, EPA has failed to set a clear limit to drive cleanup of contaminated water. This bill would jump-start the process of creating an overall limit on PFAS in our drinking water. 

News Release | Environment Maine

Statement: Maine Senate votes to ban polystyrene cups and containers

Today, the Maine Senate passed a statewide ban on polystyrene -- commonly referred to as Styrofoam -- cups and containers. With the House already having endorsed the bill, Maine now becomes the third state in the U.S. to pass a ban through the legislature, following Maryland and Vermont. With Gov. Janet Mills’ signature, Maine could become the first state to have a foam ban on the books.

News Release | Environment America

Bernhardt announces an indefinite delay to the administration’s unpopular offshore drilling expansion

"It’s a good day in America when the administration announces it will delay plans to massively expand offshore oil drilling. This is welcome news because, while the delay may stem more from the court ruling, it's a decision that makes even more sense based on the fact that expanding offshore drilling in 2019 is wildly unpopular."

News Release | Environment America

Statement: EPA seeks to legalize pollution via groundwater

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act on Monday that fails to protect against pollution that passes through groundwater before reaching our waterways. The EPA is grossly misinterpreting the Clean Water Act and putting our waters at risk by opening loopholes for pollution. This change would leave the public vulnerable to toxic pollution, as our current lawsuit in Massachusetts demonstrates.

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