Comments by Sue Jones, NRCM energy project director On behalf of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, thank you for the opportunity to present comments in support of Chapter 137, Emission Statements. Adoption of this rule will improve the Department of Environmental Protection’s collection of information on greenhouse gas emissions in Maine, especially as that Read More
The Natural Resources Council of Maine reviews every bill being considered by the Maine Legislature to determine which ones deserve support and which ones should be opposed based on their potential impact on Maine’s environment. Read more about the bills we are following and taking action on.
My name is Cathy Johnson. I am the North Woods Project Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, a citizen supported environmental organization with 8,000 members and supporters. The Natural Resources Council of Maine strongly supports the governor’s initiative to eliminate liquidation harvesting. Liquidation harvesting is a blight on the landscape and on the Read More
by Meredith Goad Portland Press Herald Water quality standards would be relaxed along more than 90 percent of the Maine coast under a legislative proposal backed by operators of sewage treatment plants that can’t meet the current standards. A bill to be debated today by the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee would lower the standards for Read More
by Nick Bennett, staff scientist Senator Martin, Representative Koffman, and Members of the Natural Resources Committee: This testimony concerns LD 1899. We do not support the bill as written, but we would support the bill if the 6.5 ppm standard were enforced at any temperature, as is recommended in the Gold Book by USEPA. The Read More
Before passage of pioneering legislation in 1977, Maine highways were lined with billboards advertising everything from motels and car dealerships to cigarettes and junk food. The “billboard ban” law, which took effect on January 1, 1978, slowly worked over many years to decommission and dismantle existing billboard advertisements along major roadways in the state. The final Read More
In the summer of 1976, Maine Senator Edmund Muskie spoke on the floor of the United States Senate regarding the importance of beverage container redemption legislation. “It is a needed step to assist in developing a ‘conservation ethic’ that rejects waste and embraces thrift, husbandry, and saving part of the Earth’s abundance for our posterity,” Read More