AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage vetoed teacher evaluation rules that have been under development for more than two years as well as a bill that calls for a redo of controversial large-scale metallic mineral mining rules amid a crop of nine new vetoes issued Friday afternoon.
AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Are proposed updates to Maine's mining laws a pathway to economic prosperity in parts of the state that need it badly, like Aroostook County or are they too weak to protect our prized natural resources from harm? That's is what state lawmakers on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee must decide as they hear from people on both sides of the issue.
AUGUSTA, Maine — New mining regulations that proponents say will take advantage of the state’s considerable underground natural resources and which environmental activists say will be disastrous took another step toward enactment Tuesday when a citizen-led board signed off on a new draft.
The owner of a former asbestos mine straddling Lowell and Eden has finalized an agreement with the U.S. government and State of Vermont to help cover some ongoing costs of pollution controls at the 1,540-acre site over the next 10 years.
The Maine House of Representatives passed a bill Monday that would throw out proposed mining rules drafted after a legislative vote just two years ago and require the Department of Environmental Protection to write new ones.
AUGUSTA — Long-simmering controversy around new rules for mine operators that proponents say will revive an industrial sector that has been dormant for more than 30 years in Maine continued Monday in Augusta, where the proposed rules finally made it to the Legislature.
The state Board of Environmental Protection will meet Thursday to continue reviewing more than 1,000 pages of public comment against changes proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection that would ease Maine’s mining regulations.
AUGUSTA —The Natural Resources Council of Maine on Thursday released a report alleging that Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection did not provide Maine lawmakers or the public with its information that indicates an open-pit mine at Bald Mountain in Aroostook County is likely to pollute rivers, lakes and streams with sulfuric acid runoff and arsenic pollution