Stories about Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Governor Paul LePage speaks to a packed auditorium at John Bapst High School about domestic violence on Friday.

Environmental groups criticize LePage’s decision to opt out of anti-smog petition

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 09, 2013, at 6:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Environmental groups attacked Gov. Paul LePage on Monday for his refusal to sign a petition in favor of tough standards in nine states from which pollution affects air quality in Maine and other eastern states. Governors in eight northeastern and mid-Atlantic states — including every New England …
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection said there are now unapproved "permanent structures" on the Bangor waterfront.

DEP: Bangor didn’t get needed approvals for Waterfront Concerts venue

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 04, 2013, at 6:37 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says it did not approve a series of recent upgrades along the Bangor Waterfront, meaning the city could have to retroactively request the required approvals or make significant changes to the site at the end of each concert season. Under DEP …
Brookfield Asset Management CEO Bruce Flatt listens to other speakers during the annual general meeting for shareholders in Toronto last year.

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners to acquire 9 Maine dams

By Whit Richardson on Nov. 04, 2013, at 2:32 p.m.
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners on Friday said it will acquire nine hydroelectric dams in Maine, bringing the total number of dams it operates in the state to 38. The company, which is managed by Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management, the majority owner, is acquiring the nine dams from Black Bear Hydro …
Passadumkeag Mountain with Saponac Pond in the foreground.

Board grants final approval to Passadumkeag Mountain wind project

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 01, 2013, at 6:45 p.m.
A 14-turbine wind project proposed for Passadumkeag Mountain won final approval Thursday when the Board of Environmental Protection ratified its earlier decision overturning a state rejection of the project, officials said. The board’s 5-0 approval during its meeting Thursday came after a delay Chairman Robert Foley sought in response to …
Kate (from left) and Elizabeth, children of Megan Rice of Belgrade, listen as their mother talks to the media about how she attempted to raise her girls in a BPA-free environment and the challenges of doing so.

Belgrade mother, Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine protest LePage’s BPA veto

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 31, 2013, at 7:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Belgrade mother Megan Rice said she was very upset when she found out that the baby food she was feeding her two infant daughters came in packaging that contained bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA. “I was irate,” she said after a Wednesday press conference held downtown …
Gov. Paul LePage

Opponents rip LePage plan to diminish Maine’s role in anti-smog efforts

By Christopher Cousins on July 30, 2013, at 5:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Opposition is mounting to Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to limit Maine’s role in a 13-state initiative designed to curb the production of smog under the federal Clean Air Act. Numerous environmental groups and legislative Democrats weighed in against the proposal on Tuesday, with lawmakers calling it …
First Wind, which operates five wind farms in Maine, has proposed building what would be the largest wind farm in New England north of Skowhegan. In this photo from February 2013, turbines at First Wind's most recent wind farm project in Maine, Bull Hill Wind in Hancock County, are seen on Heifer Hill in Township 16.

62-turbine wind farm, largest in New England, proposed for Maine

By Whit Richardson on May 29, 2013, at 9 p.m.
BINGHAM, Maine — First Wind, the Boston-based company that operates five wind farms in Maine, has submitted an application to build a wind farm north of Skowhegan. If approved, it would be New England’s largest. First Wind on May 10 submitted an application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection …

Illegal Bangor pool dumping incident spurs reminder about safe water disposal

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 12, 2013, at 7:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Workers who violated a city ordinance by discharging old water from an inground swimming pool on Falvey Street directly into a nearby catch basin that empties into a nearby brook has led the city to issue a reminder about safely draining swimming pools. The pool water contained …

Woman severs thumb while trying to stop rolling vehicle in Brewer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 14, 2013, at 11:20 a.m.
BREWER, Maine — A 51-year-old Bangor woman who stopped Monday morning for gas at the Big Apple convenience store on North Main Street suffered a severed thumb when she tried to stop her rolling vehicle, Brewer police Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt said. “She tried to stop her vehicle, which wasn’t …

DEP report: Site for new Rockland public works garage free of pollution

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 14, 2013, at 11:03 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has given the city a clean bill of health for a 13-acre parcel that is being eyed for a new public works garage. The question of whether there was pollution was raised in a report issued last month by Summit Geoengineering …

DEP recommends against extending BPA ban to baby, toddler food containers

By Matthew Stone on Jan. 03, 2013, at 1:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recommends the state extend its ban on the chemical bisphenol A to packaging used for infant formula, but stopped short Thursday of suggesting the chemical be banned from baby and toddler food containers, a move environmental activists have been advocating. DEP …

State plans to test air, soils around former Rockland garage

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 02, 2013, at 4:14 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection plans to test properties adjacent to a former garage to determine if gasoline contamination has spread. City officials are pleased with the announcement that may lead to answering an environmental question that has lingered for five years. Code Enforcement Officer John …

DEP plans public hearing for Bowers Mountain wind proposal

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 20, 2012, at 3:27 p.m.
CARROLL PLANTATION, Maine — The state’s top environmental agency will hold a public hearing to help determine whether to permit an industrial wind site proposed for Bowers Mountain, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection typically holds public meetings to weigh projects, but Commissioner Patricia Aho opted …
Patricia Aho

Environmental group assails DEP for choice of mining rules rewrite consultant

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 13, 2012, at 11:15 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A leading environmental group blasted the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday for the department’s choice of a Michigan firm to help Maine rewrite its mineral mining regulations. Pete Didisheim, advocacy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said in a letter to DEP Commissioner …

Deadline set for Juniper Ridge intervenor applications

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 20, 2012, at 8:24 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has set Dec. 7 as the deadline for those who wish to be intervenors in Juniper Ridge Landfill license amendment matter to submit their applications. Notices to that end — along with information about the process for becoming an intervenor, …

State hires Michigan firm for mining regulations rewrite

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 19, 2012, at 12:41 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has chosen a Michigan firm to help the agency carry out the first major rewrite of the state’s metallic mining regulations in two decades. The DEP announced Monday it has chosen the North Jackson Company, based in Marquette, Mich., for the …
Aerial photo of Juniper Ridge landfill in Old Town.

Comments, public hearing requests stacking up on plan to send southern Maine trash to Old Town

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 30, 2012, at 7:39 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — As of Tuesday, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection had received more than 100 written comments — and six public hearing requests — about a controversial plan to send some of the solid waste now processed at a southern Maine waste-to-energy plant to the state-owned landfill …
In this file photo made in the 1970s and provided by the Maine Geological Survey, the Callahan Mining Corp. open pit in Brooksville is seen while it was still active. Chemicals were used to extract the metals from the mine. The polluted Down East mine later became a federal Superfund cleanup site.

State, federal agencies to update public on cleanup of toxic former mine in Brooksville

By Mario Moretto on Oct. 19, 2012, at 5:13 p.m.
BROOKSVILLE, Maine — State and federal environmental agencies will hold a meeting next week in Brooksville to update residents about ongoing cleanup efforts at the toxic former Callahan Mine site in Cape Rosier. The meeting, hosted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Maine Department of Environmental Protection, will take place …
Aerial photo of Juniper Ridge landfill in Old Town on April 6, 2012.

Application to bring southern Maine trash north would change little at landfill, Casella says

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 06, 2012, at 3:11 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — The plan to shutter a waste-to-energy incinerator in Biddeford and send trash from communities in southern Maine to an Old Town landfill is likely to breed controversy in coming months, but the state agency that owns the landfill and the landfill’s operator say the shift wouldn’t …

Millinocket torrefied wood facility gets final DEP permit

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 27, 2012, at 1:29 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine – New England’s first torrefied wood facility received its final Maine Department of Environmental Protection permit, clearing the way for construction of a $48 million facility, 25 full-time jobs and possibly the birth of a nationwide industry, officials said Thursday. Cate Street Capital plans to open the Thermogen …
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