Stories about Department of Environmental Protection


Repeal of DEP conflict of interest rules will end in tears

By Neil Ward and Steve Hinchman on May 23, 2011, at 10:30 p.m.
After losing his Department of Environmental Protection commissioner to conflict of interest rules, Gov. Paul LePage’ s solution is not to pick a new candidate who is qualified. Instead, he wants to lower the standards. The Legislature should refuse. High government officials with a private conflict of interest simply have no …
Philip Congdon

LePage cabinet member resigns amid allegations of racist remarks

By Kevin Miller, BDN staff on April 27, 2011, at 12:21 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage announced a major shake-up of his administration on Wednesday, including the resignation of his top economic adviser amid allegations of improper comments during a tour of Aroostook County earlier this month. Barely four months into his term, LePage is faced with filling two additional …

Maine AG says DEP commissioner appears ‘unqualified’ to serve

By Kevin Miller on April 27, 2011, at 10:22 a.m.
Maine’s top lawyer has told the LePage administration’s top environmental official that unless he can produce documents proving otherwise, he appears unqualified to serve as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection due to a conflict of interest. In a letter sent Tuesday to DEP Commissioner Darryl Brown, Attorney General …

Accountability depends on separation of powers

By David Farmer on April 13, 2011, at 10:04 p.m.
Despite their constitutionally mandated independence from the governor, the attorney general, the treasurer and the secretary of state are acting like members of the LePage administration. We have a system of checks and balances to ensure that no branch of government exceeds its constitutional powers. When the separation is ignored, …

Maine AG issues no opinion on DEP commissioner; EPA looking into matter

The Associated Press on April 06, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s attorney general is declining to issue an opinion on whether Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Darryl Brown is eligible to serve under a state conflict-of-interest law. William Schneider said Wednesday there was no need to respond to a request from House Democrats because the Environmental Protection …

LePage touts cooperative approach with businesses

The Associated Press on April 02, 2011, at 8:58 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the state Department of Environmental Protection is building a culture of cooperation with businesses. In his weekly radio address Saturday, the governor says the DEP is committed to improving turnaround times when reviewing projects and has restructured its Office of Innovation and …

Critics question DEP commissioner’s eligibility for job

The Associated Press on March 25, 2011, at 7:15 a.m.
AUGUSTA | 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 …

Federal grant will help expand hangars at Greenville Municipal Airport

By Diana Bowley on March 10, 2011, at 5:20 p.m.
An $85,500 U.S. Department of Transportation grant for an environmental assessment of the Greenville Municipal Airport will not only benefit pilots but also help the town move forward with hangar development, according to the town manager. ‘’This will allow us to improve the infrastructure at the airport, …
Pete Didishein, advocacy director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, speaks during a press conference at the State House in Augusta on Feb. 14, 2011. The group opposes Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to rewrite many of Maine's environmental regulations.

Hundreds flock to public hearing on LePage environmental proposals

By Kevin Miller on Feb. 14, 2011, at 12:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Hundreds of people converged on the State House on Monday for a public hearing and rallies focused on Gov. Paul LePage’s controversial proposals to rewrite or reform Maine’s environmental regulations. For nearly a month, public debate has been swirling over a draft list of regulatory changes released by the …

Chemical Caution

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 05, 2010, at 5:39 p.m.
With a growing number of studies showing that a chemical known as BPA may be harmful, especially to children, state policymakers are wise to take a prudent approach to its use in Maine.