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Environment
12:41 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Maine Might Add 2 Birds to Its Endangered List

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine environmental officials are proposing to add two bird species to the state's list of endangered animals.

Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife spokesman Mark Latti says the black-crowned night heron and great cormorant could be upgraded from "threatened" to "endangered." The change is subject to public hearings and approval by the state Legislature.

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Environment
6:56 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Maine Ocean Acidification Panel First Meets Today

WALPOLE, Maine — The Maine Ocean Acidification Committee is ready to hold its first meeting.

The committee is charged with studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state's environment. Its first meeting is scheduled for Friday in Walpole.

The council has 16 members and is slated to meet at least four times before wrapping up its work by Dec. 5. Officials say the panel will report its findings to the state legislature's Marine Resources Committee.

Environment
7:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

ConAgra to Pay $5.7 Million for South Paris Tannery Cleanup

ConAgra Grocery Products Co. LLC, a food giant that includes a wide range of products such as Chef Boyardee and Swiss Miss, is on the hook for environmental cleanup costs in South Paris.

ConAgra will pay the Environmental Protection Agency $5.7 million for efforts to remediate the old A.C. Lawrence Leather site in South Paris. Federal regulators say ConAgra is the successor to the defunct tannery through a complex series of corporate mergers.

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Environment
4:48 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Maine Scientist: Wood Frogs at Risk after Unprecedented Die-Off

Nat Wheelwright
Tom Porter MPBN

BRUNSWICK, Maine — One of North America's most common species of frog could be under threat. A Maine biology professor has uncovered worrying evidence of a mass die-off of wood frog tadpoles. And it all happened virtually on his own doorstep, just a few short steps from his house.

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Environment
5:03 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Plymouth Residents Raise Stink over Sewage Processing Facility

Ken Fredette (left) and Plymouth resident Linda Seavey.
A.J. Higgins MPBN

PLYMOUTH, Maine — For nearly 15 years, residents in this sleepy central Maine community have been engaged in a battle with a sludge processor. The issue is odor, as the company transforms sewage into organic nonfood crop fertilizers. And now a new proposed state regulation could further intensify that dispute.

  When Joe Mousseau and his wife were visiting the Plymouth area from Arizona a few years ago, they decided they liked it so much, they would retire there. But then one summer day, Mousseau sensed there was something in the wind — something bad.

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Maine Calling
1:21 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Protecting Maine's Wildlife

Piping plover.
Credit Don Freiday/USFWS

  Maine is home to a wide array of creatures, and some face challenges from outside pressures that threaten their very survival. Today we speak with two conservationists and about the latest on efforts to protecting nongame wildlife in Maine.

Keith Shortall speaks with:

  • Laura Minich Zitske, Wildlife Ecologist at Maine Audubon, and Director of Maine Audubon’s Piping Plover and Least Tern Recovery Project
  • Charlie Todd, Endangered Species Coordinator for Maine’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
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Environment
10:12 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Maine Sea Acidification Group Meets for First Time

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Ocean Acidification Committee will hold its first meeting on Aug. 1.

The committee is studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state's environment and its economy. It is slated to meet in Walpole.

The Maine state Legislature passed a law this spring establishing the commission to study and address the effects of ocean acidification on ecosystems and shellfisheries. State officials say the commission is the first of its kind in the eastern United States.

Endangered rabbit
10:16 am
Wed July 23, 2014

DNA Analysis May Help New England Cottontail

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) _ DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad edges and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat.
 
    The small, brown rabbit has been declining in the region for decades. Development and natural forest growth have cut into the dense patches of shrubs and brush that it prefers.
 

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Tar sands oil
5:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Battle Over South Portland Tar Sands Ordinance Not Over Yet

An oil tanker makes its way into the harbor in South Portland.
Credit Susan Sharon

When South Portland Mayor Jerry Jalbert announced the 6-1 vote to approve a measure that will block the loading of raw crude, including Canadian tar sands oil, onto tanker ships in the southern Maine city, residents and supporters, who had filled the community center, rose to their feet and gave the City Council a standing ovation.

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Wind Power
2:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Regulators OK Emera Investment in First Wind

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine regulators have once again approved a deal that gave Canadian utility Emera a stake in First Wind.

The state Supreme Court in March ordered the Maine Public Utilities Commission to re-examine a deal in which Nova Scotia-based Emera invested more than $300 million to have a 49 percent stake in Boston-based First Wind's Northeast project portfolio.

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