NRC Names '50 Worst Bills'
The Natural Resources Council of Maine has released a list of the 50 worst legislative bills for Maine's environment.
“We have never seen such a widespread assault on the laws that protect Maine’s clean air, clean water, and the health of Maine people and wildlife,” NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim said at a news conference Tuesday. “If implemented, this sweeping anti-environment agenda would put Maine people out of work, increase our exposure to toxic chemicals, damage Maine’s $10 billion tourism economy, and harm Maine’s most important asset– the quality of our environment.”
Among the “50 worst bills for Maine’s environment,” drawing criticism today are ones that would:
- Repeal Maine’s bottle bill;
- Eliminate the state’s energy efficiency building codes;
- Weaken Maine’s shoreland zoning law that protects our lakes, rivers and coastal waters;
- Undermine enforcement of Maine’s environmental laws;
- Abolish the planning board for Maine’s North Woods: the Land Use Regulation Commission;
- Weaken laws that protect Mainers from exposure to toxic chemicals;
- Weaken Maine’s pesticide notification system; and
- Weaken laws that protect significant wildlife habitat, sand dunes, and vernal pools.
Read more at the Natural Resources Council of Maine.