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Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the deadline for Maine lobstermen to replace boat engines so they emit less pollution.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The deadline to apply for a permit to participate in a deer hunt that promises a high level of participation has arrived in Maine.

Gabor Degre / BDN File

A proposed mining project in Northern Penobscot County has cleared its first steps with the state's Land Use Planning Commission.

A pair of foxes have attacked a man in a community that neighbors a city where more than a dozen residents and pets were attacked by rabid foxes last year.

A Maine Tribe Worries About Its Water As It Faces Sovereignty Fight And Pandemic

Aug 10, 2020
Wabanaki Public Health via BDN

Growing up on the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s reservation, Cyril Francis knew to never drink the water.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon visited a South Portland solar power company Friday to unveil a broad set of climate policy goals she would pursue if elected over Republican incumbent Susan Collins.

VolturnUS and Maine Aqua Ventus

The University of Maine's effort to pioneer floating offshore wind technology took a $100 million leap forward Wednesday with the announcement that two industry heavyweights are going to invest in development of the project near Monhegan Island.

Maine Public File

A project designed to establish a full-service intermodal transit hub serving Acadia National Park and nearby communities has received $9 million from the Federal Transit Administration. The money will help pay for the second and final phase of the Acadia Center Gateway project in Trenton, not far from the airport.

Frank Franklin II / Associated Press

Nearly 79,000 Mainers are without power this morning after the remnants of tropical storm Isaias roared through the state overnight.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

For Mainers looking to get away - safely - for part of this pandemic summer, camping has been the answer.  Popular state campgrounds, like Sebago Lake in southern Maine and Lamoine near Acadia National Park, are pretty full.  But there's plenty of weekday availability at several other state campgrounds in locations you might not expect.

Maine parks officials have removed some water activity restrictions in the wake of a fatal shark bite off Harpswell. 

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press/file

Oral arguments are scheduled Monday morning in a federal lawsuit that could spell the fates of the endangered North Atlantic right whale - and of New England's lobstermen.

Tim Aylen / AP Images

The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of Maine in anticipation of Hurricane Isaias’ arrival next week.

Marine Patrol

Following a confirmed sighting of a great white shark Friday near the site of Monday’s fatal attack, along with two unconfirmed sightings along the coast Thursday, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) continues to urge people recreating in and around Maine coastal waters to use caution.

The University of Maine has received a patent for a process to create more environmentally friendly construction materials using a slurry of tiny cellulose fibers derived from wood.