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Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 news articles and announcements. We 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 our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
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News Items
Editorial: Building a better house
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 29, 2008 

85 percent of new homes in Maine do not meet the minimum standards of an energy building code used in 40 states, including the other five New England states.
EPA completes cleanup of Freedom warehouse
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, February 28, 2008 

BOSTON — EPA has completed the successful removal of thousands of 5-gallon-or-smaller sized containers present at 28 Skidgel Lane in Freedom. A total of $368,000 was spent to identify and properly dispose of a variety of substances, leftover from a family-run retail operation. Solvents, thinners, pesticides, herbicides and adhesives were found stored in significant quantities in a warehouse.
Nobel Prize-winner for pioneering ozone research to give annual environmental lecture at Bates College
LivingGreenMaine.com - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 

LEWISTON — F. Sherwood "Sherry" Rowland, who shared a 1995 Nobel Prize for his ozone-layer research, discusses his work in atmospheric chemistry and environmental advocacy in a Bates College event at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Ave.
From Trash to Treasure
LivingGreenMaine.com - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 

The fine art of turning trash to treasure has become more than just a quirky pastime. In this age of reduce, re-use and recycle, the “trash to treasure” concept has real value.
Some people recycle so-called “junk” because they have no other choice. Economic constraints dictate that they use and re-use. Other trash-to-treasure practitioners have always recycled because they just naturally felt that it was a good thing to do. And now, everyone, regardless of status or income, will benefit by getting on the trash-to-treasure bandwagon.
Opinion: Governor, keep your hands off DIF&W
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 

It’s time to recognize the critical role this department plays in Maine’s economy and heritage and give it the funding and modern tools it needs to serve what is now widely recognized as our state’s principal asset: our quality of place.
Editorial: CFLs and safety
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 

Last year, DEP staff broke 45 CFLs in small- to moderate-sized rooms and tested mercury vapor levels and cleanup techniques to create the recommended response report.
Maine to consider tracking toxins in toys, products
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 

Maine would become one of the first states to track toxic chemicals in toys and household products under legislation proposed by Gov. John Baldacci and a Democratic leader in the Legislature.
Kid-Safe Products Bill: News Conference And Public Hearing set for Thursday
LivingGreenMaine.com - Tuesday, February 26, 2008 

On Thursday, Feb. 28 at noon, a broad coalition of Mainers will hold a news conference in support of the Kid-Safe Products bill, LD 2048. At 1:00 p.m., in Cross State Office Building, room 214, the Natural Resources Committee will hold a public hearing on this bill: “An Act to Protect Children’s Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products” (LD 2048), which would help protect kids from unnecessary, dangerous chemicals found in toys and other children’s products.
DEP revises advice on cleanup for CFLs
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 26, 2008 

Maine environmental officials have revised their recommendations for cleaning up shattered compact fluorescent lights based on new studies that examined the amount of mercury released when the popular energy-saving bulbs break.
Opinion: Corn can't save us: Debunking the biofuel myth
Kennebec Journal - Monday, February 25, 2008 

Dwindling foreign oil, rising prices at the gas pump, and hype from politically well-connected U.S. agribusiness have combined to create a frenzied rush to convert food grains into ethanol fuel. The move is badly conceived and ill advised. Corporate spin and pork barrel legislation aside, here, by the numbers, are the scientific reasons why corn won't provide our energy needs.
Waldo County groups sponsor new Eat Local ChallengeBe a Locavore!
LivingGreenMaine.com - Monday, February 25, 2008 

BELFAST — Join in the March Eat Local Challenge as we discover what local foods are available during this sparse time of year. Sponsored by the Belfast Co-op, Food for Maine's Future, The Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Church of Belfast, and WERU, this challenge is intended to open our eyes to Maine's bounty and help us plan better so each year we can increase the amount of local foods we eat. For challenge details visit the Belfast Co-op or go to www.belfast.coop.
Co-operative Maine: News from a new organization
LivingGreenMaine.com - Monday, February 25, 2008 

Co-op Maine, which is just about a year old, is a diverse group that helps co-ops in Maine to work together on various projects. “Co-op” is defined in the broadest sense as credit unions, lobster co-ops, food co-ops, housing co-ops, electric co-ops, and the like. Among our members are people involved with the Oak Street Housing Co-op in Bath, Maine Feeds Maine, Belfast Food Cooperative, Local Sprouts Cooperative Catering (Portland) and Downeast Credit Union.
DEP study prompts revisions to broken fluorescent bulb clean-up guidelines
LivingGreenMaine.com - Monday, February 25, 2008 

AUGUSTA � The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today released a detailed study of broken compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and has issued revised guidelines for consumers to use in order to properly clean up a broken CFL.
Opinion: Grappling with products that contain potentially toxic chemicals
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, February 24, 2008 

The green nanny state is not sustainable, but it doesn't matter if its advocates are never held accountable for their disastrous policy choices.
Opinion: To protect our children's health and level the playing field for Maine's green economy, we need to fix our broken chemical safety system
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, February 24, 2008 

Did you know that the rubber ducky floating in your bathtub can no longer be legally sold in Europe or California? It leaks toxic chemicals known as phthalates that mess with testosterone. Published scientific studies link phthalates to genital birth defects and testicular cancer in lab animals. These same health problems are on the increase in baby boys.
A 'Green Team' home makeover saves energy and is expected to pay off with lower bills
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 24, 2008 

Jed Wright of Falmouth, who had his house redone as part of a WPXT-TV makeover contest, explains that the solar collector system works in conjunction with his hot water heater. The solar system preheats water to nearly 90 degrees.
Waves of robins, bohemian waxwings spice up winter birding
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, February 24, 2008 

Were these robins already making their way back north, or were they leaving their northern "forested slopes and valleys," because food resources had been depleted?
Collins Backs Bill To Offer $500 Tax Credit For New Woodstoves
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, February 22, 2008 

Do you possess an old wood-burning stove, but want to upgrade to a newer one? Help could be on the way in the form a $500 tax credit.
Baldacci names lawyer from Starks as environmental panel chairman
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 21, 2008 

Ernest Hilton, who has served on the BEP for nine years, will serve as interim chairman until the board completes work on several major issues.
Leaching lead found in household product
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, February 21, 2008 

After discovering a blacked out label on a popular outdoor product, one local man took a closer look and discovered that his household garden hose contained harmful chemicals. When Ed Taylor of Warren purchased a Colorite Waterworks light duty garden hose from the Home Depot in Rockland, he planned to use the hose to fill buckets of water to feed his horses.
Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Salmon Protection
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

Several environmental groups in Maine are going to court in an effort to force the federal government to list the Kennebec River's Atlantic salmon population as endangered.
Lobster Fishermen Speak Out Against Federal Rules
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

Maine lobstermen continue to object to new federal regulations set to take effect in October that will require them to switch from floating line to sinking line in an effort to protect endangered right whales. Today more than 150 lobstermen showed up in Brewer for a hearing convened by Maine Senator Olympia Snowe to try to convince federal regulators to delay implementation.
Augusta firm to aid wind project
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

According to the company, the project will generate 357 million kilowatt hours per year, equivalent to the electricity needs of about 50,000 average households, taking into account the variability of wind speeds.
Lobster catch tumbles by 23% in 2007
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

State and industry officials have said fluctuations are considered normal and that a year or two of declines does not necessarily mean the fishery is in trouble.
Chewonki sets goals to reduce carbon emissions
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

A Maine foundation that operates environmental education programs, including boys and girls camps, announced plans Tuesday to reduce the organization’s carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
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