Stories about Department of Environmental Protection

Pictured is one of the piles of fiber material stored on 70 acres in Warren at a former rifle range.

Cleanup of 15-year-old Warren waste pile hits another delay

By Stephen Betts on July 19, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
Lack of appropriate electrical power is once again delaying the cleanup of 27,000 tons of fiber materials that have plagued the town for 15 years. Last October, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection announced it awarded a contract to Triumvirate Environmental Inc. of Somerville, Massachusetts. The contract …

EPA’s new water rule could hurt Maine farmers; Congress needs to ditch it

By Jon Olson on July 02, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its 111,000 word “Waters of the U.S.” proposed rule. It is the EPA’s latest interpretation of the 1972 Clean Water Act. However, the rule threatens to drain the vigor from routine conservation and farming practices. The well-meaning Clean Water Act brought a national focus …
A worker flattens trash at the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town in January 2013.

BEP rejects appeals to alter tonnage limit at state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill

By Christopher Cousins on June 19, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A citizen-led environmental board voted Thursday to uphold recommendations by the Department of Environmental Protection that will maintain current limits on how much municipal solid waste can be dumped in the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town. With Thursday’s vote, the Board of Environmental Protection rejected appeals …
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Penobscot River Restoration Trust's request to decommission and remove the Veazie Dam in 2010. The dam will be breached on July 22.

Celebration lineup set for breaching of Veazie Dam

By Dawn Gagnon on July 13, 2013, at 11:48 a.m.
EDDINGTON | The Penobscot River Restoration Trust and its public and private partners have announced the lineup of events planned for later this month to mark the historic breaching of the Veazie Dam, one of the few remaining impediments to the return of native sea-run fish to the Penobscot …

Group appeals permit for western Maine wind project

The Associated Press on Nov. 23, 2011, at 2:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A group of residents is challenging a state permit allowing construction of the Saddleback Ridge Wind project in western Maine. Friends of Maine’s Mountains said it has filed an appeal with the state opposing the permit issued by the Department of Environmental Protection. Patriot Renewables of Boston …

State employee says she was demoted after testifying about BPA

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 18, 2011, at 2:54 p.m.
BANGOR | A state employee has sued the head of the Department of Environmental Protection alleging she was demoted after testifying before a legislative committee during her vacation about the dangers of the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA. Andrea Lani of Whitefield filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. …

DEP says water, air in Wallagrass is safe after gas spill

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 30, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.
Although weather conditions have slightly hampered the cleanup effort, representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection are pleased with the progress made in the nearly four months since a major gasoline spill. The DEP hosted a second public hearing on Thursday evening to update residents on …

DEP to speak to Wallagrass residents about gas spill

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 26, 2011, at 6:12 p.m.
Nearly four months after 5,000 gallons of gasoline spilled along a community roadway, the state Department of Environmental Protection continues its cleanup effort. A public hearing to let area residents know how that effort is going has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wallagrass Elementary …

Orono, Stillwater dam upgrades to fill energy gap left by removal of other dams

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 21, 2011, at 5:36 p.m.
Two dams have received approval to boost their energy capacity and fill the gap left when three other Penobscot River dams are demolished or decommissioned over the next two to three years. The Department of Environmental Protection cleared Black Bear Hydro Partners LLC, the company that owns …

State offering free disposal of banned pesticides

By Kevin Miller on Aug. 18, 2011, at 5:59 p.m.
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control and the Department of Environmental Protection are offering Maine homeowners an opportunity to safely dispose of banned or unusable pesticides free of charge this fall. Through Sept. 30, the board is accepting preregistration from individuals who want to dispose of old, potentially dangerous pesticides …

DEP commissioner to visit cleanup sites in Washburn, Wallagrass

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 03, 2011, at 6:41 p.m.
Patricia Aho, acting commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, will be in Aroostook County for a two-day tour that will take her to several businesses and to two significant environmental cleanup sites. Samantha Depoy-Warren, spokesperson for the DEP, said on Tuesday that the tour will …

Environmental group accuses LePage of stalling BPA ban

By Meg Haskell on July 11, 2011, at 6:23 p.m.
The state’s leading environmental health organization has charged the pro-business administration of Gov. Paul LePage with undermining key public health protections, including the pending ban against certain consumer products containing the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA. In a letter hand-delivered on Monday to the office of Attorney General William Schneider, …

Trash and recycling top Greenville board’s agenda

By Diana Bowley on July 09, 2011, at 3:32 p.m.
A local businessman was awarded a contract Wednesday to build a transfer station in Greenville’s industrial park as the town moves to close the landfill this fall. Resident Mike Theriault submitted the lowest of three bids for the project at $474,750. The highest bid was $1,367,000. Residents …

Legislature lays groundwork for stronger economy

By Stacey Guerin on June 30, 2011, at 8:44 p.m.
Last November, voters made it clear that jobs and the economy topped their list of concerns. Looking for a fresh approach, they elected Republican majorities in the House and Senate and put a Republican in the governor’s office. The last time the Maine GOP had such extensive control, stamps cost …

Forest fires and wind turbines: The danger no one is talking about

By Clyde MacDonald on June 29, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.
Despite all that has been written about wind power, a vitally important issue has barely been mentioned. When turbines fail, blades may fall to the ground or send fragments that land up to a mile away. Turbines often catch fire, and when they do they often send flaming shards into …

Wallagrass residents invited to DEP session

By Jen Lynds on June 28, 2011, at 4:11 p.m.
As remediation crews and Department of Environmental Protection officials continue to clean up the aftermath of a gas spill in the community earlier this month, Wallagrass residents will get a chance on Wednesday night to meet with DEP staff to ask questions about the situation. Samantha Depoy-Warren, …

Necropsy to be performed on Conn. mountain lion

The Associated Press on June 22, 2011, at 9:05 p.m.
BURLINGTON, Conn. — Wildlife experts are hoping that a necropsy on a mountain lion will help unravel the mystery of how the big cat ended up roaming the suburbs of Connecticut. Experts from the state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are set to perform …

Gasoline spill cleanup continues in Wallagrass with no sign of water contamination

By Jen Lynds on June 20, 2011, at 8:16 p.m.
WALLAGRASS — Nearly three weeks after a tractor-trailer accident caused 5,000 gallons of gasoline to spill out onto the ground, officials with the state Department of Environmental Protection and additional crews continue to oversee the cleanup effort. Samantha Depoy-Warren, spokesperson for the DEP, said there are no confirmed reports of …

Conservation and the GOP: another view

By Ken Lamond on June 10, 2011, at 9:24 p.m.
Many residents, landowners and businesses want reform of the Land Use Regulation Commission structure. LURC is the selectmen, planning board, board of appeals and code enforcement all-in-one for its 10 million acre jurisdiction. The commission is appointed, not elected. The LURC staff in Augusta, which is not elected or appointed, …

LePage signs Kennebec River dredging bill

The Associated Press on June 06, 2011, at 3:35 p.m.
BATH | Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill that paves the way for the Army Corps of Engineers to perform dredging to ensure the safe passage of a warship built at Bath Iron Works. The Army Corps of Engineers applied for an environmental permit to dredge two areas …