Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Maine DEP update

Maine Department of Environmental Protection has reversed itself and will schedule a public hearing on proposed changes to the state's clean air standards. No date has been set.

Environmental groups, legislators, and the general public were outraged when the Portland Press Herald reported yesterday that the state agency had tried to sneak through the changes with no public input. The agency has already been criticized for its lack of transparency, and there have been calls for an investigation into possible ethics violations on the part of its commissioner, a former industry lobbyist.

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