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Maine Has Long Mining History

Gov. Paul Maine has signed a new mining regulatory bill, but that doesn't mean mining is new in Maine. In fact, it has a long history in the state going back to the early 1800s, when iron and lead extractions added to the state's better-known granite and limestone quarrying industries.  Environmentalists are worried that the law will weaken current mining regulations.

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Maine's Air Quality Improving

AUGUSTA, Maine — A report released Wednesday says Maine’s air quality is better than it was a year ago, but it also finds room for improvement. The lung association’s Ed Miller says Maine’s senators are critical to preventing a weakening for the federal Clean Air Act.

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LePage Signs Bill Allowing Bald Mountain Mining

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill to revise Maine’s mining regulations. Environmentalists expressed reservations with the law, saying it weakens groundwater standards for mining operations and cleanup requirements for mining operations.

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Advocates Protest Maine oil sands plan

PORTLAND, Maine, April 24 (UPI) -- Canadian regulators need to take a closer look at the potential environmental consequences of oil sands before backing more pipelines, an advocacy group said.

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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.

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