Stories about U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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 | 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 …
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.
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 …

Manchester-based company faces $177,500 fine for oil spill

By Alex Barber on Aug. 02, 2012, at 5:53 p.m.
BOSTON — A Manchester-based company faces up to $177,500 in fines for violations of the Clean Water Act. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed a complaint this week against J&S Oil Co. Inc. for failing to maintain and fully implement an oil spill prevention plan, which contributed to the release …

Penobscot Nation grant to help reduce water pollution on tribal lands

By Nick McCrea on July 26, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.
INDIAN ISLAND | The Penobscot Indian Nation has received a $149,000 grant to prevent water pollution on tribal lands. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award on Wednesday, saying the funds will be used to improve and protect water quality in the Penobscot River and Little Alder Stream, …
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Three species of turtles in Maine petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection

By Dylan Martin on July 11, 2012, at 7:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three species of turtles in Maine are among the 53 species of reptiles and amphibians the Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to safeguard under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The nonprofit organization filed the 450-page petition Wednesday — what it’s calling …
Image captured from anonymous YouTube video

Rockland landlord assessed $10,000 EPA fine for lead paint violations

By Stephen Betts on April 06, 2012, at 2:15 p.m.
The owner of an apartment building in Rockland has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine to settle claims that he violated a series of federal lead paint regulations. Colin Wentworth agreed March 21 to pay the penalty, according to a news release issued this week by the …

Report suggests songbirds, bats at risk of mercury poisoning

By Kevin Miller on Jan. 24, 2012, at 7:34 p.m.
Researchers examining the effects of mercury on wildlife found elevated levels of the neurotoxin in songbirds and bats from Maine to Virginia, prompting the study’s authors to call for more monitoring and stronger conservation measures. Researchers with the BioDiversity Research Institute, based in Gorham, and The Nature Conservancy compiled blood …
Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci

Old Town mill faces fine despite help from state, taxpayers

By Lance Tapley, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Jan. 11, 2012, at 12:10 a.m.
Maine has spent millions of dollars to prop up the Old Town pulp mill while steadily fining the mill’s owner for pollution. And now the biggest fine ever is imminent. The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has reviewed a “proposed administrative consent agreement” from the state Department of Environmental …

EPA unveils regulations to reduce airborne mercury

By Kevin Miller on Dec. 21, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.
Maine regulators as well as health and environmental organizations are cheering new federal rules announced Wednesday that are expected to reduce the amount of airborne mercury pollution drifting into the state from coal-fired power plants in other states. The new rules unveiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are being …

EPA: New England air quality improved in 2011

The Associated Press on Sept. 29, 2011, at 11:29 a.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. — New England’s air quality improved this summer from 2010 because of fewer sweltering days, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. Between April and September, the six-state region had 16 days when ozone levels were considered unhealthy, according to preliminary data from the EPA. There were 29 during …

$21 million Limestone upgrade touted by state, federal officials

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 06, 2011, at 8:17 p.m.
Senior environmental officials from state and federal agencies were in Limestone last week to check out a project being touted for its environmental and economic benefits. The Limestone Water and Sewer District recently completed a $21 million upgrade at what is now the Greater Limestone Regional Wastewater …

Conservation groups’ lawsuit over emissions seen as threat to forest products industries

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 15, 2011, at 7:02 p.m.
BANGOR | A national coalition of conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday over carbon dioxide emissions from large-scale wood-burning power plants that pulp and paper industry officials say are crucial to their businesses. The conservation groups, which include the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the …

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 …

EPA to update public on Callahan Mine Superfund site

By Kevin Miller on July 28, 2011, at 6:41 p.m.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will hold a meeting next Tuesday in Brooksville to update the public on the cleanup of Callahan Mine, a federally designated Superfund site on the Blue Hill peninsula. The EPA began the first phase of the Callahan Mine …

75 percent of nuke sites have leaked tritium

By Jeff Donn, The Associated Press on June 20, 2011, at 7:13 p.m.
BRACEVILLE, Ill. — Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows. The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across …

Man faces $150,000 in fines for endangering children with lead paint

By Heather Steeves on May 16, 2011, at 6:20 p.m.
ROCKLAND | When someone leaked a video of men sanding the side of an apartment building and letting lead paint chips fly around, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stepped in and started counting up the violations. Six of them. Now Rockland contractor Colin Wentworth faces a minimum of $150,000 …