Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 7:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.
Location: Wishcamper Center, USM Portland Campus, 34 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine
For more information: Jeff Marks; 207-956-1970; e2tech.org/events/forums-and-events?eventId=732904&EventViewMode=EventDetails
Following E2Tech’s Annual Meeting, this month’s forum will consist of a lively discussion of the proposed revisions to Maine’s 20-year old mining rules. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is in the process of revising the rules, which are scheduled to go to the Legislature for a vote in 2014. Following public hearings but prior to finalization of the rule, this E2Tech forum will bring regulatory, business, environmental and legal groups together to discuss the rulemaking and its potential impacts.
The rules cover ground and surface water protection, management of waste rock, and financial assurance and remediation mechanisms for closed mines. According to the DEP, the updated rule “will put in place a framework for the recovery of minerals in a responsible, respectful way that keeps Maine’s air, land and water clean.” Environmental groups have concerns that the proposal will gut the state’s current mining regulations. The rulemaking could impact the proposed development of a copper-zinc mine on Aroostook County’s Bald Mountain as well as other potential sites.
Confirmed speakers include:
Nick Bennett, Senior Scientist & Watershed Project Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Peter M. Maher, P.E., Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc.
Thomas R. Doyle, Partner, Pierce Atwood
E2Tech is partnering with Woodard & Curran to offer this forum via videoconference at their office in Bangor. When registering for this forum, simply select the Bangor Videoconference option. To allow our hosts to plan for the event, please pre-register no later than Tuesday, Nov. 19.