Testimony given in Augusta, Maine by Brownie Carson, NRCM executive director My name is Brownie Carson. I testify here today on behalf of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, a citizen supported environmental advocacy organization with 8000 members and supporters. Thank you to Congressman Tom Allen for giving us all the opportunity to express our Read More
Climate change and global warming pollution harm Maine people, wildlife, and our environment. Among the highest rates of childhood asthma in the nation, rising seas and severe storms battering our coastal homes and towns, warming and more acidic oceans threatening fisheries, too many “bad air days,” more and more tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease, threats to our fall foliage and winter tourism industries—these are among the many health, environmental, and economic problems climate change pollution is causing here in Maine.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is working to reduce climate-changing pollution by making Maine more energy efficient. We work to provide clean, renewable energy and cleaner more efficient vehicles that will reduce Maine’s contribution to air pollution and climate change to ensure Maine people and wildlife have clean air to breathe.
by Sue Jones, NRCM energy project director On behalf of the Natural Resources Council of Maine (Council), thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on LD 1312, the Draft Report and Recommendations (Report) of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). In general, the Council expresses support for the Report, which helps provide a menu of Read More
by Sue Jones, NRCM energy project director Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on behalf of the Natural Resources Council of Maine (Council). The Council is a public interest, nonprofit organization that seeks to protect and conserve Maine’s environment for now and future generations. As part of the Council’s work, we advocate on Read More
On February 26, Governor Baldacci and the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) launched the Energy Star Residential Lighting Program to promote the use of energy efficient lighting and to reduce electricity consumption in Maine homes. The program offers instant rebates for Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent lamps and fixtures. Maine residents can save $2 on Read More
NRCM news release Emera, the parent company of Bangor Hydro, has decided not to move forward at this time with a proposed 170-foot wide, 84-mile transmission line that would have bisected Hancock and Washington Counties, running between Orrington, north of Bangor, and Baileyville, on the New Brunswick border. This massive new transmission line was strongly Read More
The Board of Environmental Protection on June 21, 2001 voted unanimously in support of a plan to clean up nitrogen oxide NOx air pollution at Wyman Station in Yarmouth – Maine’s largest single source of air pollution. Of particular importance, the plan does not allow Wyman Station’s owner, Florida Power & Light Energy (FPL), to Read More
Statement by Brownie Carson to the Board of Environmental Protection Good afternoon. The Natural Resources Council has been grappling with the question of how to bring clean air to Maine for a long time. During my 17 years at the Council, we have participated as an intervener in many licensing proceedings, and we have commented Read More
Comments by Sue Jones, Energy Project Director The Natural Resources Council of Maine appreciates DEP’s significant efforts in reviewing the comments submitted in the Chapter 145 rulemaking and in developing a proposal for your consideration today. With all due respect, however, the Council believes that DEP has not presented the best plan for the people Read More
PORTLAND AND BANGOR – Against a 25-foot-high inflatable power plant backdrop, Maine citizens held news conferences in Portland and Bangor to announce that they have collected and submitted 1,043 signatures, from residents of 230 Maine towns, to the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) in support of the board’s preliminary vote to require Florida Power and Read More