Natural Resources Council of Maine

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Maine's largest landowner, Canada-based JD Irving, is hoping to get the green light this week to rezone 51,000 acres around four scenic Aroostook County lakes for residential and commercial development.

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Maine's largest environmental group, and organizations representing retailers and grocers, are backing a bill that would ban most single-use plastic bags by 2022. 

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BANGOR, Maine - About 50 people turned out Tuesday night in Bangor for a discussion on the Trump administration's proposed rollback of car fuel efficiency standards.

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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.

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Environmental groups in Maine are applauding the resignation of embattled Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is calling on the Natural Resources Council of Maine to meet with him to talk about job creation.

Last week, the environmental nonprofit held a news conference announcing that in late May, LePage's office tracked down a few hundred of its donors and sent them letters encouraging them to rethink their donations.

LePage's letter said the group's "job-crushing, anti-business policies'' keep rural Mainers mired in poverty.

The two sides have clashed over mining and solar energy issues.

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Gov. Paul LePage is sending letters to select donors of the state’s largest environmental organization urging them to end their financial support.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine says the letters are taxpayer-funded harassment reaffirming the governor’s anti-environment record, and LePage may discover that the letters will have the opposite effect of what he intended.

LePage Declares 2 Maine Groups 'Enemies'

Apr 25, 2016

Gov. Paul LePage used an address to the Maine GOP convention over the weekend to attack what he says are the greatest enemies to prosperity in the state: the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Maine People’s Alliance.

Representatives of the environmental and progressive advocacy organizations responded by saying the governor should work on uniting the state rather than dividing it.

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PORTLAND, Maine - This year's mild winter made travel easier and kept heating costs down.  So what was not to like about it?

"This had a devastating impact on our beloved winter traditions, including skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling, among other things that Maine families have enjoyed for generations." says Todd Martin, of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A environmental advocacy group today released a report that it hopes will gain Portland more national recognition for its work in promoting sustainability. The Natural Resources Council of Maine says Portland is now on track to become a "top tier" sustainable city.

There's enough wind power potential right now off the Atlantic coast to power five million homes, according to a report released today by coalition of environmental, conservation and alternative energy groups.

 Maine environmentalists celebrated Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that upheld an Environmental Protection Agency rule aimed at protecting states from the air pollution generated in neighboring states. Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council of Maine says the rule promises "staggeringly large benefits to our air quality."    Voorhees says the E-P-A estimates the rule will translate to 280-billion-dollars worth of health benefits per year.  It also predicts 34,000 premature deaths could be avoided by this rule.