AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine legislator wants to require the state to include products that threaten the health of pregnant women when it sets rules about potentially toxic products.
Rep. Sara Gideon, a Freeport Democrat, says her bill would tighten state laws about such products. She and a group of environmental and health advocates say the bill is needed because of the way the state handled a proposal to elevate four phthalates from "high concern'' to "priority chemical'' status under Maine rules.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — South Portland officials are hiring a Boston law firm to help defend the city's ban on loading crude oil into tankers in Portland Harbor.
South Portland is hiring Foley Hoag, a firm specializing in environmental law and litigation. Portland Pipe Line Corp. filed a federal lawsuit against the city on Feb. 6 in an attempt to overturn the ban.
After weeks of winter storms, snow fatigue has set in across much of the country.
You may be tired of clearing ice and snow off your car, but that can be a safety hazard. And now you could face a fine in some states.
Mike Taylor of Elkins Park, Pa., says just this week he was behind a car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when, "Snow on the roof blew off, hit my windshield, forced me to jiggle, and it was only because of the stability of the car and I slowed down that I didn't have an accident," Taylor says.
BANGOR, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is heading north to talk to Mainers about his ambitious plan to overhaul the tax code in the state budget.
LePage will hold a town hall event at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University in Bangor on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The governor visited Westbrook for his first town hall event on his more than $6 billion budget plan last month. LePage fielded questions from residents on a wide range of issues, including his plan to impose property taxes on nonprofit organizations and to expand the sales tax to include more services.
PORTLAND, Maine - Maine is making it more difficult to fish for smelts in an effort to help the wriggling fish rebuild populations that have plummeted in the state and elsewhere in New England.
A Maine advisory committee unanimously decided Tuesday the state will enact the new regulations to protect the declining populations of the fish. Smelts are popular in Maine among winter ice fishermen and as a batter fried treat.