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.
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.
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.
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.