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Announcement - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news stories and events. I have posted links to more than 30,000 news articles and announcements. I also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to my attention a few days after they are published. Will Sugg is the website developer. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Years of Living Dangerously, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

The new Showtime documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously, examines the impacts of worldwide climate disruption. The series follows Hollywood stars on journeys across the world to meet the people affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change. After the screening of the first episod, there will be a panel discussion to talk about what we can do to fight climate change in Maine. At Frontier, Brunswick, April 24, 7 pm.
Rebels with a Cause, Apr 22-26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 

This stunningly beautiful new film spotlights a group of citizens from many walks of life who fought to establish public parks beginning in the 1950s. At Frontier, Brunswick, screenings April 22-26.
East-West Corridor Art Show, Aug 13-19
Announcement - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 

Defending Water for Life in Maine is sponsoring an art exhibit to provide a public venue for art which showcases the beauty and diversity of Maine along the route of the proposed East-West Corridor, to support artists who create this art, and to raise funds to continue critical organizing to stop the East-West Corridor project. At Sam Shaw's Main Street Art tent, Northeast Harbor, August 13-19; opening reception August 14, 5 pm.
Maine Rivers Conference, May 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 

A full day event focused on diadromous fish. At Hathaway Creative Center, Waterville, May 10. $40/adult, $10/student prior to May 1; $50/$10 after May 1.
Water Bond, LD 1455
Action Alert - Wednesday, April 09, 2014 

The Maine Legislature's Appropriations Committee will take up bonds as early as April 10. The bond process is highly competitive. Committee members need to hear that there is strong support for the Water Bond. LD 1455, the Clean Water and Safe Communities Act, is a proposed $50 million bond that will provide investment in natural and built infrastructure that provides water-related benefits for communities across Maine. ~ Maine Audubon
Clean Water Bond
Action Alert - Wednesday, April 09, 2014 

The Maine Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee is deciding which bonds to support. The bond process is highly competitive, so Appropriations Committee members need to hear that there is strong support for the Clean Water Bond, LD 1455. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Reject and Protect, Apr 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 08, 2014 

Thousands of people will meet in Washington DC to stand with pipeline fighters from the front lines to send a final, unmistakable message to President Obama that it’s time to Reject Keystone XL and Protect our Land Water and Climate. At National Mall, Washington, DC, April 26, 11 am.
Birds of Panama, Apr 21
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 08, 2014 

Al Haury will present “Birds of Panama” at Viles Arboretum, Augusta, April 21, 7 pm. Sponsored by Augusta Bird Club.
Whiskeag Creek Birding, Apr 19
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 08, 2014 

Explore Whiskeag Creek where it empties into the Kennebec River at Thorne Head. April 19, 7:30 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
Vernal Pools Walk, Apr 19
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 08, 2014 

Join Maine Master Naturalists and science teachers Sue Kistemacher and Sharon Gallant for an exploration of vernal pools in the Vaughan Woods. At Vaughan Homestead, Hallowell, April 19, 1 pm.
Fly Fishing Film Tour, Apr 19
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 08, 2014 

At Sea Dog Brewing, Bangor, April 19, 7 pm, $15.
National Parks Free Entrance, April 19-20
Announcement - Tuesday, April 08, 2014 

Only 133 of our country's 401 National Park System areas charge an entrance fee, but even that will be waived on opening weekend of National Park Week, April 19-20.
The Future of Cars: Bridging Towards Petroleum Alternatives, Apr 18
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 08, 2014 

Three panelists from different perspectives will explore how will we power our cars in the near future. Ben Burke is a geologist with Noble Energy, Inc., a natural gas company; Mark Rosenblatt is an advisor to and founder of several organizations that work to open the transportation market to competitive fuels; and Tom Twist is responsible for all renewable energy advancements on the Chewonki campus. At Bowdoin College, Visual Arts Center, April 18, 12:30 pm.
How Green Is Your Grocer? Apr 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 08, 2014 

With more than 36,000 supermarkets across the United States, the grocery sector plays a huge part in our lives. But have you ever thought about how your supermarket manages its environmental footprint? Manomet Program Manager Peter Cooke and Kasey Harris, Hannaford Supermarkets sustainability specialist, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of supermarket sustainability. At Frontier Café, Brunswick, April 17, 5:30 pm.
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Column: Yin and yang
Times Record - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

As one of the worst droughts on record forces western states to take desperate conservation measures, Silicon Valley is being touted for providing data gathering expertise regarding water management, technology unavailable in previous water emergencies. That's the Yang part, the "e-good" part. The Yin part, the "e-bad" part, is that Internet energy use is growing exponentially, even while anythinggoes energy generation and runaway consumption is killing the planet. In a time of very real environmental endangerment, how prudent is it to rationalize using our finite resources for such an overwhelmingly indulgent virtual existence? Yin should at least be balanced by Yang. ~ Gary Anderson, Bath
FAME reduces loan guarantee for Millinocket pellet mill project to $16 million
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

The Finance Authority of Maine’s board of directors voted 8-5 on Thursday to approve a $16 million bond to build a $140 million wood pellet plant in Millinocket. The board’s action marked a $9 million reduction in the state-backed loan guarantee they approved for a similar project proposed by the same developer in October 2013. Representatives of Thermogen Industries, the company proposing the mill, said they were “disappointed” in the reduction and could not say whether it would alter the project’s realization.
Maine finance agency approves $16 million bond for Thermogen
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

The Finance Authority of Maine’s board voted on Thursday afternoon to provide Thermogen Industries with a $16 million bond backed by the “moral obligation” of the state. The FAME board voted in October to approve a $25 million bond for Thermogen. But since then the company, which is managed by New Hampshire private equity firm Cate Street Capital, decided to pursue a more expensive, but better established, technology to make renewable biofuel.
Nova Star ferry’s arrival ‘puts port back in Portland’
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

A tugboat gushing dual fountains of water greeted the Nova Star ferry Thursday as it cruised into Portland Harbor, its arrival signaling the return of ferry service between the city and Nova Scotia after a four-year hiatus. Among the onlookers who turned out to watch the ship as it pulled into port at Portland’s Ocean Gateway Terminal was Portland Mayor Michael Brennan. “This is history, to restore the ferry service,” Brennan said. “It really puts the ‘port’ back in Portland.”
Closely watched Maine elver season marked by slow start, low prices
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

Elver fishermen and dealers reported minuscule catches in the first week and a half of the season. The price for elvers is also dramatically lower, with dealers paying $400 to $650 per pound, down from $1,800 to $2,000 last year. At the end of a long and unusually frigid winter, the water flowing from Maine’s rivers and streams is still too cold to lure the baby eels away from the warmer saltwater into the freshwater where they will live until they mature. Meanwhile, large eel harvests in Europe and new or expanded fisheries in other countries — largely a response to astronomic prices for elvers in recent years — are driving down prices in Maine.
After ‘end of the world’ explosion, Quebec town tries to find hope
Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

Eight months ago, the people of Lac-Mégantic thought the world was ending. A runaway 72-car train carrying a volatile variety of crude oil derailed and exploded in this community of 6,000, killing 47 people and destroying the town center. Within a half hour, the entire downtown area had burned down, leaving rubble and piles of debris where 30 buildings once stood. The bodies of five people have never been found. Since then, the town of Lac-Mégantic has been trying to recover.
Vermont Senate passes GMO food-labeling law
Reuters - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

The Vermont Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it the first state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s contains no such trigger clause.
Portland panel backs plastic foam container ban
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

A Portland committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the city ban food and beverage containers made from plastic foam but postponed a decision on whether to impose a fee on consumers who use disposable plastic grocery bags. The 3-1 vote to endorse prohibiting most retailers from using polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, came nearly two years after the Portland City Council first directed the city’s Transportation, Sustainability and Energy Committee to craft a ban as a way to reduce litter. The issue will now go back to the City Council for consideration.
Opinion: Brookfield Energy willing to help mill owner, but Cate Street not cooperating
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

In August of 2011, Brookfield and Cate Street signed a 10-year contract in which Brookfield agreed to provide electric power to Great Northern Paper at a significantly discounted rate exclusively for the purpose of operating the mill. Brookfield retained the right to sell to other customers any and all power not purchased by Cate Street. Fast-forward three years. Cate Street is now struggling to make Great Northern Paper viable, so company officials have decided they are unhappy with the agreement they signed in 2011. The remedy? Declare that Brookfield should give them a share of the revenues it gets from the sale of power to other customers. Not only does this claim fly in the face of free-market rules, but also basic common sense. ~ Daniel Whyte, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
Letter: CMP plan discourages alternative energy use
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

The Central Maine Power Co. plan to charge alternative-energy households up to $25 to offset lost revenue is the wrong approach because we need to encourage the development of alternative energy sources. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars were waged in large part because of our need for energy. As a nation, we need to become less dependent on oil from the Middle East. Solar-powered homes and wind-powered homes are a good start. ~ Peter Konieczko, Augusta
Letter: Some things we can do in the face of climate change
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

The new question about climate change is how severe will it be. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's new report focuses on how we need to adapt to lessen the impact. A major portion is dedicated to the health impacts. In Maine we have already been seeing these effects. The spread of Lyme disease and proliferation of tick populations, for example. We expect to see more including upsurges in asthma, heart disease, injuries, and even mental illness from the increased severity and frequency of weather patterns and storms and increases in populations of disease carrying insects and animals. We can prepare for these changes by, for example, providing cooling facilities during heat waves. Decreasing air pollution has a co-benefit of helping to reduce asthma rates and also helps to reduce greenhouse gases. ~ Karen A D’Andrea, Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine Chapter, Portland
Letter: Five feet of muck
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 17, 2014 

I was very disappointed to learn that nearly all of the members of the Bangor City Council did not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to complete a full environmental impact study on the effects of dredging Searsport Harbor. I hope they’ll reconsider. ~ Sally Jones, Bangor
Bill that would have provided rebates for heat pumps and solar panels blocked by Republicans
Maine Insights - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

In a 22-13 vote, Maine Senate Republicans sustained Governor LePage’s veto of a bill that would have provided rebates for solar panels and heat pumps for low-income Mainers. Overriding a veto requires two-thirds, or 24 Senate votes. The measure would have reestablished the solar rebate program under Efficiency Maine and helped Mainers install more than 1,250 new solar panels and heat pumps at Maine homes and businesses. “The governor and his allies used the tiny, immediate cost of this bill to justify a do-nothing strategy that will cost Maine far more. “The sun is the most abundant energy source on the planet and we would do well to take advantage of it,” said Democratic Senator Eloise Vitelli.
State budget panel approves $50 million package of jobs, water bonds
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

Maine voters could be asked to approve $50 million worth of bonds at the ballot box this November, if all the proposals by state leaders from both parties survive upcoming votes in the Legislature. The bond proposals include: $12 million for small-business financial aid; $10 million to fund a competitive grant program for the development of a biometric research facility; $10 million to fund water initiatives, including culverts to aid fish passage, clean-water systems and conservation work; $8 million to fund U Maine Cooperative Extension to assist farmers and forestry; $7 million to fund grants to boost the state’s marine economy, including lobster and seafood processing; and $3 million to fund biotechnology workforce training and drug research and development.
Restart of East Millinocket mill delayed as firms clash on electricity agreement
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

Negotiations between two companies over electricity sales that would help restart a local paper mill have devolved into finger-pointing and delayed indefinitely the mill’s resumption of production, officials said Wednesday. Brookfield Asset Management’s attorney said that Great Northern Paper Co. LLC officials have refused to divulge financial information critical to the sharing of earnings from Brookfield hydroelectric dams that use GNP equipment — particularly since GNP has at least $6.8 million in liens and attachments filed against it. Great Northern’s spokeswoman said Brookfield has enough data to complete the deal and restart the mill but is “delaying.”
Column: Waterville residents will learn garbage in, garbage out has a price
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

It’s an odd comment on our times that controlling the garbage we pile up everywhere we go is considered a lefty concern. Reuse, recycling, limiting consumption, paying less — they all seem like the quintessential definition of conservative: be less wasteful, pay for your own waste and no one else’s. That issue is coming to a head in Waterville, where a proposal to have residents pay $2 for garbage bags coupled with curbside recycling has become a huge point of contention. Residents at a City Council meeting last week angrily told councilors that they can’t afford to pay $2 a bag. Those familiar with pay-per-bag, also known as pay-as-you-throw, know the philosophy behind it is to actually cut costs for everyone. ~ Maureen Milliken
‘I don’t see the point of waiting’: Belfast councilors discuss weaning city from fossil fuels
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

A month after the Belfast City Council voted to ask the state retirement system to divest from fossil fuel-related investments, City Councilor Mike Hurley asked if his fellow councilors would put their money where their mouths are, so to speak. He asked at Tuesday night’s regular council meeting about whether city staff can find an alternative when they replace older, oil-burning furnaces in the fire station and other municipal buildings. But Councilor Roger Lee had a quick reply. “I don’t think you have the science right,” he said. “The reason for divesting is to reduce [carbon dioxide] emissions.” While a pellet furnace might reduce costs, it would not really reduce those emissions, Lee said.
Most Mainers prefer waste-to-energy plants over landfills
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

According to a new statewide poll, "A vast majority of Mainers (85.2%) prefer the use of waste-to-energy plants versus landfills (6.2%) to dispose of solid waste." The survey was part of the regular omnibus poll conducted by Pan Atlantic SMS Group, an independent marketing research and consulting firm.
Senate upholds LePage veto of solar energy bill
Sun Journal - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

The Senate on Wednesday pulled the blinds on a bill that would have allowed homeowners to receive a rebate for installing solar panels by sustaining Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the measure. LePage vetoed the bill, which also created a rebate program for low-income families that install, electric heat pump systems, because it funded the program with a surcharge on all consumers of electricity. The Senate voted 22-13 to overturn the veto, two votes short of the 24 needed to reach the two-thirds threshold required for a veto override. The Maine House on Monday voted 105-41 to override the veto. Sen. John Cleveland, D-Auburn, the Senate chairman of the Legislature’s Energy Committee, said the bill, which would have created a $1 million fund for two years to pay up to $2,000 rebates for those who install solar panels, would return more than $10 million in private investment to Maine. But Republicans standing with LePage weren’t buying it.
Opinion: Hormone-disrupting chemicals are a must for Maine DEP’s spring cleaning to-do list
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

Phthalates, a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals that are widely used in consumer products, are polluting Maine people. Recent human health studies show that phthalate exposure causes birth defects of male sex organs, sperm damage, learning and behavior problems, asthma and allergies. Phthalates harm reproductive health through reduced fertility, premature birth, early puberty in girls, breast growth in boys, and increased risk of prostate and testicular cancer. I recently learned about the levels of phthalates in my body. A report released last month revealed that phthalate contamination is widespread in Maine and likely affects all of us. It’s time for the Maine DEP to put “Designate Phthalates as Priority Chemicals under Maine’s Kid-Safe Products Act” on the top of its spring cleaning to-do list. ~ Heather Spalding, Palermo
Maine Senate Sustains Veto of Solar Rebate Bill
Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

The Maine Senate has failed to muster enough support to revive a bill that would have restored a program that provides rebates for residents who install solar panels. In a 22-13 vote on Wednesday, the bill fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority support it needed to overturn Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto. The House voted to override the veto on Tuesday. The measure, which environmental groups lobbied heavily for this session, would have provided $1 million for the program until 2016. It also would have allowed the funds to be used to help low-income residents buy heat pumps. LePage and GOP lawmakers objected to the bill because it would've added 60 cents a year to residents' electric bills.
Maine company releases Baxter State Park mobile app
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

On a topographic map of Maine, there’s green rectangle a bit north of the center, crowded with contour lines. Baxter State Park — a wild and bumpy place. More than 200,000 acres of old forests and towering mountains, majestic waterfalls and pristine ponds. And now, you can hold it in the palm of your hand. A Baxter State Park mobile app created by Chimani, a Maine-based company, launched April 8, for iOS and Android devices. It features more than 270 points of interest throughout the park, a GPS-enabled map and a wealth of information for visitors. What’s more, it’s all available regardless of cellphone reception — and it’s free.
Hikers take to the mountains for a winter fix
Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

After a winter marked by the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms, most Northeasterners couldn’t wait for winter to end. But some stretch out the season by heading to the Northern Presidential Range in the White Mountains.
St. Clair pitches national park, invites crowd to use Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

Just days after the state legislature killed a bill that could have complicated his goal of establishing a national park in northern Maine, Lucas St. Clair explained the plan — again — to a Bangor Public Library crowd on Tuesday evening. Lisa Pohlmann, the executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said her organization has endorsed St. Clair’s vision of a national park, and is working toward that end.
Maine responders need to be better prepared to fight Lac Mégantic-type derailment
Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 

Less than a year ago, a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic, a small Quebec town ten miles from the Maine border.nThousands of gallons of the highly flammable crude oil spilled from ruptured tank cars, setting off fireballs in the town’s center that killed 47 people and destroyed 30 buildings. Some bodies were likely vaporized and never identified. In Maine, trains carrying the same crude oil have been passing through dozens of communities, many as close to homes, businesses and people as in Lac-Mégantic. Railroads carried 4.2 million barrels of crude oil - enough to fill 267 Olympic-size swimming pools - through Maine last year, up from 25,000 barrels in 2011. If a disaster happened in Maine, the burden for planning and responding to a Lac-Mégantic-level catastrophe will fall on state and local emergency services, which may not have all the information, training or material they could need.
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Blue Hill raw milk case to be heard in supreme court
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Kitchens could be sources of drug-resistant bacteria
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Maine Farmer to Speak at United Nations on International Mother Earth Day
Jim Gerritsen, a Maine organic seed potato farmer, has accepted an invitation to participate on a guest panel at the United Nations in New York City on April 22, 2014. The event will be the fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature, which commemorates International Mother Earth Day.
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Hormone-disrupting chemicals are a must for Maine DEP’s spring cleaning to-do list
Op-Ed by Heather Spalding - The season’s bright blue skies, sunshine, snowdrops, crocuses and longer days inspire us to tackle lots of dirty projects mounting around our homes, yards and workplaces. My spring cleaning to-do list gets longer by the day. Most of it feels manageable, but there is one thing I can’t tackle without the help of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection.
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Vermont Senate passes mandatory GMO food-labeling law
By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the United States to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. "We are really excited that Vermont is going to be leading on this," said Falko Schilling, a spokesman for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which backed the bill.
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Seed Money or Seed Sovereignty? Chile Beats Monsanto Law (For Now)
By Jessica Ramos - Chile has scored a major victory against ‘Monsanto Law’ – a bill that sought to privatize the country’s seeds and Monsanto Company – an almost unstoppable force. Indigenous communities, farmers and women beat one of the biggest seed giants on the globe.
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Fermenting Maine: Kombucha and Community
Daniel and Mirra of The Perennial Plate bring us the story of Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland, Maine. Watch to learn how Kombucha is made, but also to hear the story of an inspired community building man and organization.
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Toyota Will Launch Hydrogen-powered Car in 2015
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Portland Panel Backs Plastic Foam Container Ban
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St. Clair Pitches National Park, Invites Crowd to Use Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area
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