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Take action! Comments on Mining Rules due December 23

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
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Maine taxpayers are still paying for clean-up costs of the Callahan mine in Brooksville, Maine.

Maine Audubon is asking our members and supporters to help protect our water, woods and wildlife from the harmful effects of metallic mining pollution

Please email the Board of Environmental Protection:
[email protected]

Tell them that Maine’s mining rules need to be strengthened – NOT weakened – to protect our waters, woods and wildlife from mining pollution.

The deadline for public comment is December 23, 2013.

The Issue

In 2012, JD Irving (a large conglomerate active in many industries and Maine’s largest landowner) pushed a bill through the Maine Legislature to weaken mining pollution regulations in Maine. In fall 2013, the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) asked for pubic comment on the new regulations. Even though they received over 2,250 comments opposing the weak rules, the BEP has proposed changes that would further weaken the already ineffective rules.

Need some talking points for your comments? Read our concerns with the new rules and other background information about the potential effects of mining on wildlife and wildlife habitat in Maine. You can also visit Maine Mining Watch.

Questions? Please get in touch!

Jennifer Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
(207) 781-6180 x224
[email protected]