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A legacy of protecting salmon.

Environment Maine has a decade-long record of efforts to protect the Atlantic salmon. Most recently, we successfully challenged an EPA regulation that would have allowed the spraying of pesticides into salmon-bearing streams and rivers.

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Chemical companies using denial and delaying tactics with BPA

Denial and delay. If the approach sounds familiar, it is because, sadly, it happens frequently in medicine. Individuals don’t want to admit to health problems, denying and delaying until it is much more difficult to make a difference.

It is a tragedy, because everyone knows that prevention is better than the best health care. Of course, when a patient or a medical professional take this catastrophic approach, the results impact only the circle around that person. But when an entire industry adopts “deny and delay” as its strategy, it can sicken thousands and even millions of people over decades.

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State hires Michigan firm for mining regulations overwrite

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.

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Slowing cargo ships cuts pollution near ports by more than half, study finds

Slowing cargo vessels near coastlines by 10 to 15 miles per hour could dramatically cut ships’ air pollution, according to a new study. But only a few U.S. ports have initiated such efforts. A speed limit of 14 mph, down from the current cruising speeds of 25 to 29 mph, would cut nitrogen oxides – a main ingredient of smog – by 55 percent and soot by almost 70 percent. It also would reduce carbon dioxide – a potent greenhouse gas and key contributor to climate change – by 60 percent. With 100,000 ships carrying 90 percent of the world’s cargo, air pollution is a heavy burden for people living near ports, so slowing ships could improve their health, researchers say.

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Maine ripe for energy-efficiency savings, study says

Maine homes and businesses could trim their overall electricity consumption by 16 percent over the next decade by installing more-efficient lights, equipment and appliances, a new study for Efficiency Maine Trust has concluded.

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Editorial: wind tax credit is an easy call

If Congress wants to boost its abysmal public image, it could start by getting its business donebeforecries of panic begin to rain down upon it.

It could pass a budget when a budget is supposed to be passed.

It could deal with the deficit before the nation finds itself on course to endure a fifth straight year of more than $1 trillion in red ink.

And, on a much smaller scale, it could extend the production tax credit for wind energy before it actually runs out at the end of the year and plunges the industry into a trough of stagnation and uncertainty.

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