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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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2011 mishaps sent sewage to stream, wetland

A $17 million project meant to prevent sewage from getting into Bond Brook ended up causing more than 200,000 gallons of untreated sewage to flow into the stream and into a nearby wetland. Bond Brook is also spawning grounds for the endangered Atlantic salmon and the spills happened about when the fish lay their eggs, an environmental group says.

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