It’s the controversy building from the moment Paul LePage was elected governor: promising to overhaul Maine’s regulations – especially its environmental laws.
Gov. LePage outlined more than 60 recommendations Monday for cutting through what he calls “regulatory red tape”, saying it’s a key to job creating, but drawing a strong backlash from environmental groups.
Among the proposals, abolishing the board of environmental protection, repealing a law that seeks to get the BPA out of baby bottles and opening up sections of the northern Maine woods to development.
The governor has made it clear: he believes unreasonable regulations are one reason Maine’s business climate is ranked so low nationally.
But the head of the Maine League of Conversation Voters issued a sharply worded statement Monday night, promising a fight. “A dirty environment is not the way to bring new jobs to Maine,” the statement read. “This proposal is nothing short of reckless. Dismantling our environmental protections flies in the face of common sense and takes us in the completely wrong direction.”Environmental group calls LePage’s regulation plan “reckless.”>/p>Watch the full video news story here.