Down East 2013 ©
A bill backed by the Maine Municipal Association would let cities and towns dump their snow wherever they want -- including into lakes, rivers and coastal bays -- without permission from the Department of Environmental Protection.
Municipalities that support the measure say existing state regulation aimed at protecting water quality create their own environmental problems. Environmental groups say that abolishing the regulations would threaten water supplies, kill fish and contaminate shellfish beds.
Read more at the Kennebec Journal.