by Pete Didisheim, NRCM Senior Director, Advocacy
“The Attorney General has performed an important role in determining that, based on the information available to him, Darryl Brown does not meet the legal requirements to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection. It is unfortunate that the Administration failed to identify this problem earlier, but the important task now is to move on.
The DEP has an incredibly important and challenging job to do. The Department helps protect our clean air and clean water, conserve our natural resources and wildlife habitat, and protect the health of Maine people from hazardous waste and toxic pollutants. These are critical functions to Maine’s economy, prosperity, and our quality of life.
We urge the Governor to nominate a new candidate who strongly believes in DEP’s mission and who will support and defend Maine’s important environmental laws.
We also hope that the appointment of Darryl Brown to serve as Director of the State Planning Office means that the Governor is reconsidering his proposal to eliminate the State Planning Office. We believe that the State Planning Office serves a broad range of important functions, and we look forward to working with Mr. Brown to ensure that those programs receive continued support.”