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VICTORY: ATLANTIC COAST PROTECTED FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

The Atlantic Coast won a major victory when the Obama administration abandoned its plans to open the southern Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades. Leading up to the announcement, Environment America and colleagues presented Obama officials with letters signed by more than 1,000 East Coast businesses opposed to the drilling proposal.

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Portland Press Herald: American Lung Association grades breathability of Maine counties

Bangor’s air quality is among the nation’s best, says the group’s pollution report. Not so for Portland.
 

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Bangor Daily News: To support local farmers, Legislature should stick with food hubs

Last week, Gov. Paul LePage vetoed LD 1431, a bill that could help small farms gain new markets and move more local farm products into Maine schools. The bill passed the Legislature with overwhelming support — and for good reason. It responds directly to both great need and great opportunity. Lawmakers will have a chance to override LePage’s veto on Thursday.

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Portland Press Herald: Food hubs would link Maine’s small farms to new markets

Lawmakers should override Gov. LePage’s veto of a bill to make it easier to distribute local products.
 
 

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Maine Environmental News: Local Foods Bill Gains House, Senate Approval

The Maine House of Representatives today passed the Maine Foods Bill (LD 1431), following Senate passage yesterday afternoon. The bill would jumpstart the development of food hubs—a key part of the infrastructure needed to bring Maine’s local foods movement to scale and enable Maine to feed Maine.

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Current: Activists mark Arkansas spill anniversary

In an effort to remind people what it’s fighting for, the group Protect South Portland, which wants to keep tar-sands oil exports out of the city, held a special event last week to mark the one-year anniversary of the tar-sands oil spill in Mayflower, Ark....

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