Critics question DEP commissioner’s eligibility for job

Posted March 25, 2011, at 7:15 a.m.
Last modified March 25, 2011, at 9:57 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some Maine environmental attorneys want to know why state Attorney General William Schneider’s office is not investigating whether Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Darryl Brown is eligible to hold the post.

Maine law mirrors federal law, which says people who receive at least 10 percent of their income from projects allowed under the federal Clean Water Act from projects permitted by the law cannot take a position overseeing the administration of such projects in the two years before their appointments.

Brown was appointed by Gov. Paul LePage. Brown owns a land development company that does business before the department, which he now leads.

The Portland Press Herald says that last month Steve Hinchman, an environmental lawyer representing the Androscoggin River Alliance, asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate.

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