Forty years ago today, the U.S. Congress passed the Clean Water Act into law, and they did so in a remarkable fashion. In a powerful statement of bipartisan support for the environment, both the House and the Senate on October 18, 1972, voted to override President Nixon’s veto of this landmark bill. And it never would Read More
Clean Water Act
‘Takings’ Bill Would Reward Big Landowners at Taxpayers’ Expense
L.D. 1810 is an effort to thwart the environmental laws that protect Maine’s water and wildlife. by Ron Joseph of Camden, a retired wildlife biologist Portland Press Herald op-ed CAMDEN — During the late 1950s and early 1960s, my father often took me spring fishing on weekends. Occasionally, we’d travel north from our Waterville home Read More
Governor King Talks about Leadership and Edmund Muskie – A Great Evening at Bates!
NRCM co-sponsored this year’s Edmund S. Muskie Lecture at Bates College on Wednesday night. The lecture was given by former Maine Governor Angus King, with an introduction by Brownie Carson, NRCM’s executive director. I was very excited to attend this event, and I got to bring Marshall Burk with me — NRCM’s first-ever paid staff Read More
Maine Forest Practices Examined
by Susan Sharon Maine Public Radio news story More than a decade after Maine voters were besieged with confusing forestry terms and a series of statewide referendums designed to restrict large-scale clearcutting and improve forestry standards, Maine’s Conservation Commissioner says the state’s forests are healthy and Maine’s loggers are using best management practices. “We have Read More
Isn’t It Time for Senator Muskie to Get His Wish?
Lewiston Sun Journal editorial
Linking Rivers and Economic Development
Kennebec Journal editorial The signs are all over the state. In Brunswick, a new and trendy restaurant/cinema/art gallery has opened in a revitalized mill alongside the once filthy Androscoggin River. Cross the bridge into Topsham and you have to play bumper cars with all the construction vehicles bringing people to work on the latest riverside Read More
NRCM Responds to Decision on Lawsuit
Effort to Clean Up the Androscoggin River Will Continue NRCM News Release The Natural Resources Council of Maine today expressed disappointment in yesterday’s court decision to dismiss, on administrative technicalities, NRCM’s lawsuit against International Paper. NRCM said that it would not give up on its efforts to compel International Paper to reduce its pollution of Read More
Pittston Oil Refinery
Through the Head Harbor Passage, among the legendary swirling tides, powerful currents, and whirlpools of Passamaquoddy Bay sits Eastport, Maine. It was here in 1973 that a New York-based conglomerate, the Pittston Company, sought to construct a massive marine terminal and crude oil refinery. The proposed development would have included a 250,000 barrel-per-day refinery, a Read More