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For years, Maine has been part of a regional effort to reduce ozone pollution in the air that exacerbates asthma and has been linked to other health problems. Now, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection wants to adopt less stringent standards and move most of Maine out of the Ozone Transport Region.

PORTLAND, Maine - The state of Maine is locked in a legal battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a pair of American Indian tribes about the way clean water standards apply in and around tribal lands.
 
Maine is arguing in the lawsuit that the EPA is imposing heightened water quality standards in the tribal areas.
 
The state argues an EPA decision about the subject should be vacated because it exceeds the agency's authority and is not based on scientific evidence.
 

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As parts of Maine woke up to a second day of air quality warnings Thursday, the Natural Resources Council of Maine plan to send a letter to President Trump asking that he remove Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt.

Sweeping budget cuts proposed by President Trump would slash Environmental Protection Agency programs that reduce pollution in Maine, save lives and strengthen communities, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine. 

Lisa Pohlmann, executive director of the group, told reporters at a Brewer press conference today that Maine's congressional delegation must defeat the proposed spending cuts.

AUGUSTA, Maine - In a decision that is being welcomed as "historic" by Maine Indian tribes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked the state of Maine to revise some water quality standards for tribal waters.