Green lobby lists ’50 worst’ bills in Maine

Posted March 01, 2011, at 1:29 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine environmental advocates are drawing attention to dozens of bills they say will weaken current protections and hurt the economy.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine on Tuesday released a list of what it calls the 50 worst bills for Maine’s environment. Among them are proposals to repeal the state’s bottle bill, weaken shore land zoning and abolish the Land Use Regulation Commission, which oversees development in the unorganized territory.

Environmentalists previously expressed concerns over proposed regulatory reforms they say would weaken environmental and public health protections.

Gov. Paul LePage says those regulatory reforms, many of which stem from public meetings held across the state, are meant to reduce permit delays, avoid duplication and get rid of rules not based on sound science.

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