News Release | Environment Maine

Maine puts wildlife over waste (again), bans plastic bags

At the end of April, Maine became the first state in the country to sign a statewide ban on polystyrene foam cups and containers into law. With Gov. Janet Mills signature today, Maine is tackling another common and hazardous forms of single-use plastic: disposable grocery bags. The Pine Tree state is now the third state in the country to ban plastic bags.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: House should adopt three-year phaseout of PFAS in military

The U.S. House Committee on Armed Services approved provisions in the annual defense policy bill early this morning that would phase out the military’s use of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams. Right now, Congress has a critical opportunity to stamp out a major threat to our public health. Millions of people across the country are currently drinking water contaminated with toxic PFAS chemicals. Eliminating the use of these chemicals is the best way to protect our drinking water from these dangerous substances.

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.

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