LePage’s environmental proposals draw fire

Posted Jan. 25, 2011, at 9:14 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Environmental advocates are reacting harshly to Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s proposals to roll back laws they say protect the state’s air, land, water and public health.

A coalition of 24 environmental, conservation and public health organizations says many of LePage’s recommendations would weaken decades of successful legislation passed with bipartisan support.

The Republican governor’s three dozen proposals were drawn from a series of “red tape” workshops and have been sent to the legislative Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform. Among them are proposals to abolish the Board of Environmental Protection and open 30 percent of Maine’s unorganized land to development.

The proposals come out as LePage’s nominee for environmental protection commissioner, Darryl Brown, comes up for a confirmation hearing Tuesday.

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